The University at Buffalo has more than 4,300 foreign students — the 12th-largest international enrollment among American colleges.
‘I feel pretty comfortable here,’ said Jay Zhu, a UB student from China. ‘People never assume you are from a different country. They just equally treat you as a person, as a human being.’
Allan E. Goodman, president of the Institute of International Education said, ‘The great universities in America have reached out to international students for a long time, but what we’re learning is that education is still in really short supply globally.’
The number of international students studying in the United States rose last year to an all-time high of 623,805, according to a recent report by the institute.
Zhu came to UB — the first American university to have an exchange agreement with China — because of its reputation in his country.
He enjoys UB’s international flavor and the academic flexibility he didn’t have in China.
‘When I was starting computer science, the faculty was very warm and kind,’ said Zhu, a graduate student. ‘They never put you off because you can’t speak perfect English.’
Source: Buffalo News