Support for the Rising Complexity of MIT's International Students

Published in MIT Faculty Newsletter May/Jun 2013 by Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook, Heather Konar and Christine Ortiz

MIT has had a long history of welcoming students from around the world. Over the past decade, MIT has seen a significant rise in the number of international students, to a total of 4,622 for the 2011-2012 academic year – an increase of 69% (see table). Currently, 28% of degree-seeking students at MIT are international (10% of whom are undergraduate and 40% graduate according to the 2012-2013 Registrar's "Y" Report) originating from 112 different countries and from all regions of the world (for further details see Figures 1 and 2). Asia represents the largest fraction of the international degree-seeking student population, with China, India, Canada, South Korea, and Singapore the top enrolling countries, respectively.

The growth in MITs international student population is reflective of the Institute’s extensive global engagements and commitment to global education ( strives to support our international graduate students and enrich their educational experience in a number of ways...

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