According the Colorado State University’s Institutional Research website, for the fall 2010 semester, CSU enrolled more than 1,000 international students from more than 100 different countries.
These types of exchange programs are hugely beneficial for our university, for our students, for America and for the countries that send their students abroad.
The website shows that with 210 students, Saudi Arabia is the country from which the largest number of CSU exchange students come. With 172, China comes in second, India is third with 92, South Korea has 66 and Kuwait and Libya are tied fifth with 40. And beyond the largest programs, CSU also has students from everywhere from Peru to Tajikstan.
In the age of globalization, the world is shrinking all the time. Saudi Arabia may be on the other side of the world, but the age of instantaneous digital communication brings Saudi Arabia to Americaâ€™s doorstep everyday. Foreign cultures and peoples may sometimes seem strange and exotic, but theyâ€™re not just for diplomats anymore. Itâ€™s no longer prudent or even possible for average Americans to ignore the role they play in the world.
This is where exchange programs benefit all of us. By bringing students from all over the world to CSU, students have the opportunity to interact with and learn from a huge array of different people. It diversifies campus and enables students to move past stereotypes.
Moreover, foreign students have the chance to learn about Americans. They get to see that most of us are friendly, helpful and eager to learn about where they come from. Learning abroad broadens their horizons and ours.