In a new nationwide report, UCLA ranked eighth in the number of foreign students it hosted during the 2006–07 academic year and was seventh in the number of students who traveled abroad to study in 2005–06. UCLA was the only University of California campus listed in the top 10 in both categories.
UCLA had 4,704 international students last year, with Korea, China and Japan sending the most students to the campus. UCLA sent 1,966 students abroad in 2005–06, with the largest numbers studying in China, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The annual Open Doors report, published by the Institute of International Education, with support from the U.S. State Department, showed that the number of international students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities last year reached 582,984, a 3 percent increase over the previous year. It also indicated an 8.5 percent increase in the number of American students studying abroad.
David Unruh, assistant provost of academic program development at UCLA, stressed the importance of the international exchange of students.
"When foreign students, mostly graduate and professional students, work with UCLA faculty and take back what they have learned to their countries of origin, the foundation for understanding different cultures and business practices is established," he said. "Also, foreign students who go to UCLA establish an allegiance to UCLA and to Los Angeles, which benefits the entire region."
Unruh added that the rankings are an acknowledgement of existing efforts in the UC system and at UCLA to attract foreign students and to send students abroad to study.
"We've achieved a remarkable balance in importing and exporting students — both are components of the international education that UCLA provides," he said.
For more information on the Open Doors report, visit www.opendoors.iienetwork.org.