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11/15/93

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Foreign student registration up 36 percent in five years

STANFORD -- Foreign student registration at Stanford increased by 36 percent over the past five years, according to new figures released by Stanford's Bechtel International Center.

A record 3,227 non-U.S.-citizen students are enrolled at Stanford this fall, up from 3,031 in 1991 and 2,370 in 1988. They include 677 permanent U.S. residents and 2,550 students on non- immigrant visas from a total of 97 countries.

Non-immigrant international students now represent 4 percent of the university's undergraduates (274 out of 6,573), 25 percent of the graduate students (1,830 out of 7,429), and 41 percent of the postdoctoral students on campus (397 out of 973).

International Center Director John Pearson, who compiles the statistics, attributed the rise in foreign students to a steadily increasing awareness of Stanford around the world.

"More and more, alumni are going back home and telling the world about Stanford," Pearson said. "Particularly in the science and engineering fields, the reputation of this place is just incredible overseas."

As in past years, about half of the non-immigrant international students at Stanford are from Asian countries. A quarter are European, 16 percent are from the Americas, 6 percent are from the Middle East and North Africa, 2 percent are from the Pacific Basin, and 1 percent are from Sub-Saharan Africa.

China continued as the leading country of origin this year, with 268 non-immigrant students (up from 233 in 1992), while Taiwan came in second with 223 students, up from fifth place last year.

Canada and Japan follow with 198 non-immigrant students each. There are 182 students from India, 157 from the Republic of Korea, 118 from Germany and 98 from the United Kingdom.

Engineering continued its lead this year as the most popular field for foreign students, with 979 non-immigrant international students composing 29 percent of the school's total enrollment.

The School of Humanities and Sciences has 569 non- immigrant international students (13 percent of its enrollment); the School of Business, 196 (23 percent); the School of Earth Sciences, 98 (36 percent); the School of Medicine, 54 (7 percent); the School of Education, 35 (10 percent); and the School of Law, 20 (4 percent).

Majors with the highest percentage of non-immigrant international students include petroleum engineering, with 75 percent, followed by food research and engineering-economic systems, each with 53 percent.

About 24 percent of Stanford's non-immigrant foreign students - 598 - are women, up 2 percent from last year. Married students number 725, or about 28 percent of the total.

Individual country totals are as follows:

Asia: People's Republic of China, 268; Taiwan, 223; Japan, 198; India, 182; South Korea, 157; Hong Kong, 78; Singapore, 70; Pakistan, 26; Malaysia, 25; Indonesia, 19; Philippines, 14; Thailand, 13; Sri Lanka, 9; Bangladesh, 6; Nepal, 3; Macao, 2; Mauritius, 1.

The Americas: Canada, 198; Mexico, 72; Brazil, 33; Venezuela, 23; Argentina, 16; Colombia, 14; Peru, 10; Chile, 6; Panama, 5; Trinidad and Tobago, 4; Bolivia, 2; Costa Rica, 2; Guatemala, 2; Guyana, 2; Jamaica, 2; Uruguay, 2; Bahamas, 1; Bermuda, 1; Dominican Republic, 1; El Salvador, 1; Granada, 1.

Europe: Germany, 118; United Kingdom, 98; France, 70; Italy, 41; Switzerland, 34; Greece, 33; Belgium, 31; Spain, 31; Netherlands, 23; Russia, 20; Sweden, 19; Denmark, 16; former USSR, 15; Norway, 12; Poland, 8; Austria, 7; Bulgaria, 7; Cyprus, 7; Ireland, 7; Portugal, 7; Hungary, 6; Finland, 4; Romania, 4; former Yugoslavia, 4; Iceland, 3; Armenia, 2; Czech Republic, 2; Czechoslovakia, 2; Estonia, 2; Luxembourg, 2; Latvia, 1; Lithuania, 1; Ukraine, 1.

Africa: South Africa, 11; Nigeria, 6; Cameroon, 2; Ethiopia, 2; Ghana, 2; Benin, 1; Kenya, 1; Namibia, 1; Tanzania, 1; Uganda, 1; Zimbabwe, 1.

Middle East and North Africa: Israel, 57; Turkey, 33; Iran, 16; Saudi Arabia, 8; Lebanon, 7; Egypt, 6; Jordan, 4; Tunisia, 4; Iraq, 2; Syria, 2; Algeria, 1; Oman, 1; United Arab Emirates, 1.

Pacific Basin: Australia, 33; New Zealand, 15.

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