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International student body grows at UW-Madison, Milwaukee campuses

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - About one of every eight UW-Madison students is from a foreign country.

The state's largest campus enrolled 5,300 international students this fall, about 500 more than a year ago. 

Officials say it improves diversity on campus -- and of course, it brings in more revenue since the foreign students pay the higher out of state tuition rates. 

The Institute of International Education says there's been a big influx of students from China. 

UW-Milwaukee has been actively recruiting Chinese students. In 2011, chancellor Mike Lovell signed an agreement to have 30 to 50 students from China attend UWM last fall. That number was expected to grow by up to 150 students this fall, with 250 newcomers by 2015. 

All told, Milwaukee has almost 1,400 international students this fall, a 15 percent increase from a year ago. 

China sent the most students by far to U.S. colleges and universities a year ago, with a total of 236,000. That was way more than the 194,000 Chinese students studying in America the previous year. 

India had the second-largest number of U.S. college students, with 97,000 last year. South Korea was third, followed by Saudi Arabia and Canada.