Foreign GU students contributed nearly $60 million to US economy in 2008

A globalized economy means we’re all equally subject to hefty tuition bills. Last week, the Washington Business Journal reported that foreign students contributed about $17.6 billion to the American Economy last year, making higher education one of the United States’ top service sector exports.

Students attending schools in DC contributed about $304 million, and the 1,804 foreign students who attended Georgetown University last year contributed $59.7 million in enrollment, tuition, fees and living expenses. Georgetown’s international students were second on the impact list for the District, trailing students from George Washington University, who contributed about $92.3 million.

A report by the Institute of International Education found that the number of foreign students studying in the US rose over eight percent last year, the highest yearly gain since 1980.

According to data from Georgetown’s Office of International Programs, 16 percent of the students who attended Georgetown University during last year’s fall semester were undergraduates while 55 percent were graduate students. They represented 124 different countries, and South Korea (199 students), China (161 students), and India (142 students) were the most highly represented.

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4 Comments on “Foreign GU students contributed nearly $60 million to US economy in 2008

  1. Really, that many Indians? How come I never encounter them?
    Are they all grad students, these 150 Indian students?

  2. @Shruti – you might be right, I was surprised at the percentage of grad students.

    Those numbers also include students who are working in the US on optional practical training, and non-degree/EFL students.

  3. Yeah, quite possibly.
    Even if 16% of the Indian students at Georgetown are undergrads, I definitely don’t know 22 undergrads from India here… 6, maybe.

  4. @ Shruti, I think Hunter’s article suggests that 16% of undergrads are from abroad, not 16% are Indian.

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