The University Nebraska-Lincoln will welcome more than 20,000 students to its campus this fall and 10 percent come from outside of the United States.
The university has seen its international student population grow 50 percent in the last five years with China being the number one country of origin.
The top majors are in engineering, business and arts and sciences. Alan Cerveny, dean of Enrollment Management, credits lower tuition as part of the attraction. “International students find our tuition is affordable, particularly when they compare our tuition with those of highly-ranked universities."
UNL’s out-of-state tuition rate is nearly $20,000 a year, lowest of all Big Ten schools.
Huang Huang, a native of China, is getting her master’s degree in statistics at UNL after receiving her bachelor’s degree in China. She says she enrolled at UNL to diversify her resume. “You go to an international university to broaden your horizon."
Huang’s friend, Xu Yang, is enrolled in an engineering doctoral program at UNL. Yang received her bachelor’s in China, master’s at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and will earn her Ph.D. at UNL. “I enjoy my research. It’s about electrical currents and machine designs."
Yang and Huang have scholarships and don’t often fly back to China, which helps with the cost of education. After graduation, they may stay in the U.S. if they can get work visas.