The University Nebraska-Lincoln will welcome more than 20,000 students to its campus this fall and 10 percent come from outside 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 the 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,” said Cerveny.
UNL’s out-of-state tuition rate is nearly $20,000 a year. It’s the lowest out of all Big Ten schools.
Huang Huang a native of China, is getting her master’s in statistics at UNL after receiving her bachelor’s in China. She says she enrolled at UNL to diversify her resume.
“You go to an international university to broaden your horizon,” said Huang.
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 PhD at UNL.
“I enjoy my research. It’s about electrical currents and machine designs,” said Yang.
Fortunately, Yang and Huang have scholarships and don’t fly back to China as often, which helps with the costs of education. And after graduation, they just may decide to stay in the U.S. if they can get work visas.