KSU students from 99 countries


Click to enlarge. Graphic by Allison Struck.

Drew Parker

Kent State’s international student enrollment is up 19.1 percent this semester, bringing the total to 2,217 international students at the university’s eight campuses.

Many of the new students are from China and India, thanks in part to Kent State’s recruitment offices in Beijing and Delhi, said David Di Maria, associate director for the Office of Global Education. Kent State also has relationships in Italy, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Japan and Turkey.

“Our admissions staff visits fairs and colleges around the world to talk about Kent State,” Di Maria said. “It really makes a difference to talk to prospective students and their families in person rather than through a website.”

International student enrollment also benefits all students at Kent State, he said.

“Often times, international students are interested in different programs than our domestic students,” Di Maria said. “They give all students a new perspective and global outlook they can use throughout their life.”

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