Campus: San Francisco State University -- November 10, 2003
SFSU Ranked No. 2 Nationwide Among Master's Institutions
For International Students
San Francisco State University remains an increasingly hot destination for
students from more than 100 countries across the globe, despite the tightened
regulations for obtaining student visas established after the Sept. 11, 2001,
Figures released Monday by the Institute of International Education illustrate
that SFSU has more international students than any other master's degree-granting
institution in the United States except City University of New York-Baruch
College, according to 2002-03 figures. It is the third consecutive year that
SFSU is ranked No. 2.
The number of matriculated international students at SFSU increased by 1.6
percent over last fall to reach 2,267. The University's international student
population has grown for eight consecutive years and more than doubled since
The 1.6 percent increase, however, is SFSU's smallest in years, as the
international student population jumped by more than 10 percent as recently
as 2000-2001. The smaller increase reflects a national trend as reported in
the Institute of International Education report, which states an overall
increase of less than 1 percent at colleges and universities nationwide in
Yenbo Wu, SFSU director of international programs, attributes the smaller
increase at SFSU to the new regulations and delays in obtaining student visas.
This has caused many students to not receive their visas in time to enter an
American college or university this fall. As a result, more foreign students
are seeking to study abroad in other English speaking countries such as
England or Australia.
"I have no doubt in my mind that the measures taken by the U.S. government to
fight terrorism have affected international student enrollment negatively,"
Wu said. "More international students are finding San Francisco State to be
a welcoming, wonderful university in a wonderful city. We hope to continue to
accommodate as many of them as possible."
A welcome reception for international students will be held from 4 to 6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 17, in the Vista Room, located on the fourth floor of Burk Hall
on the SFSU campus, as part of the University's celebration of International
Education Week. SFSU President Robert A. Corrigan and the SFSU Office of
International Programs will host the reception. Reporters are welcome to attend
the reception, which is expected to draw a large crowd of international students.
SFSU international students represent 114 countries of origin. The University
remains a top destination for students from Asian countries. This fall they
comprise 72.9 percent of the University's international student body. Japan
still tops the list with 464 students, as it has since SFSU began tracking
countries of origin in 1994. The other top countries of origin are Taiwan (282
students), South Korea (156), mainland China (146), Indonesia (133) and India
Several countries showed significant increases over last fall. Germany increased
by 34.4 percent with 32 students. Vietnam showed a 31.6 percent increase with
38 students. France increased by 31.4 percent with 35 students.
Business administration remains the most popular field of study (365 students),
followed by computer science (181), international business (107), and business
computer information systems (89).
Of the 2,267 matriculated international students, 899 are graduate students. For
some countries, graduate students significantly outnumber undergraduates. For
example, there are 91 graduate students from India, compared to 21 undergraduates.
There are 59 graduate students from Thailand, compared to 18 undergraduates.
Matriculated students do not include those enrolled through SFSU's College of
Extended Learning or American Language Institute, as well as some other
short-term visitors, students and scholars.
For detailed nationwide data on international students, visit the Institute
of International Education's Web site at:
For more information on SFSU international programs, call (415) 338-1293 or