Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Top 10 States Hosting International Students: No. 2, New York

The Statue of Liberty in Manhattan.
By Meghavaty Suresh
Contributing Writer

New York is a global destination for a number of reasons, with the pull of the Big Apple at the forefront. But if you look past the NYC skyline and all the tourist wonders of the city, the state of New York has much to offer, and so it’s not surprising that New York houses the second largest population of international students in the United States.

New York state is beautiful all year round with the exception of some gritty winters. Upstate New York in particular is great for all ages, with eye-catching landscapes and a whole slew of activities and living options throughout the year. Still, it’s clear that the city, with its glittering lights and millions of diverse and eclectic people, is the crown jewel of not only the state but the country. A New York education brings with it a global reputation, especially in places like China and India.

New York state had about 88,000 international students in 2013 and saw a 12 percent rise to over 98,000 students in 2014. The only state to clock a steeper increase between 2013 and 2014 was Ohio with a 14 percent increase. Going a step further, New York University has over 11,000 students, making it the institution with the highest international enrollment in the country. The university has about 18 schools and colleges at five major centers in Manhattan and at sites in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Going to school at NYU comes with a distinct prestige in addition to the added advantage of living in one of the biggest cultural hubs in the world. This in turn enables students, especially ones from other countries, to be exposed to global companies and a huge number of career opportunities. NYU has in place a number of organizations and clubs that offer international students a taste of home. The backdrop of a multicultural city helps the school deliver an education that transcends boundaries.

Closely following NYU is Ivy League heavyweight Columbia University with just over 10,000 international students. While NYU has an easy, urban, downtown feel to it, Columbia offers a true upper Manhattan setting. Traveling upstate we have SUNY Buffalo and Cornell University (another Ivy), while Stony Brook University on Long Island rounds out the top five. These schools with their big campuses and quieter settings attract many students from all over because of incredible on-campus resources, quality of faculty, and caliber of alumni. Close proximity to New York City is also an advantage that students always lean on.

New York state, with its quiet esteem, soulful landscapes and the eternal lights of the city, is an education destination like no other. What more is there to say?
Meghavaty Suresh is from Mumbai, India and is passionate about digital content and communication. She holds a master's in new media management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and an MBA from Mumbai University.

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