International Student Enrollment Soars on Campuses Nationally, in St. Louis Area

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Facing year after year of funding cuts, college campuses in Missouri, Illinois and around the nation are increasingly opening their doors to international students to help balance their books.

And with an unrelenting Chinese demand for college degrees, there appears to be no shortage of students eager to travel to the U.S. for an education.

A report released Monday shows the number of international students on the nation’s campuses increased 5.7 percent during the 2011-12 academic year, hitting a record high of nearly 765,000 students. One in four is from China, according to the Open Doors study, by the Institute of International Education.

Among those students is Tian Qian, 25, who came to the University of Missouri-St. Louis to study education after earning her bachelor’s degree in Beijing. She expects to receive her master’s in higher education at the end of this semester.

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