UT Dallas’ International Student Appeal Grows Brighter This Fall

Published: 10/14/2021

Source: UTDallas

A higher number of international students returned to classes on The University of Texas at Dallas campus this fall after a year in which COVID-19 required many students to alter their academic plans.

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“It’s great to be on campus after being at home for one-and-a-half years,” said Himaja Kesari, a computer science graduate student from India. “Now I’m meeting friends, socializing and attending events. It’s fun.”

This fall, UT Dallas’ overall student enrollment hit a record high for the University. Enrollment — particularly international student enrollment — declined in the 2020-2021 academic year due to the pandemic. The newly reopened campus, along with increased opportunities for travel visas and ongoing communication from UT Dallas faculty and staff, encouraged more international students to make the move to Richardson this fall.

Approximately 2,247 new international students are enrolled at UT Dallas for fall 2021. The number is slightly less than the record 2,389 new international students who enrolled in fall 2016. There are more than 4,900 total international students currently enrolled.

“We kept reaching out to them, keeping them informed and sending information about the measures we were taking to keep the campus safe. At the same time, the U.S. embassies and consulates around the world were incredibly responsive, helping students get the proper visas,” said Dr. Juan González, dean of graduate education and holder of the Francis S. Johnson Chair for Graduate Education. “I think all of those things helped students remain engaged and hungry to join us this semester.”

Punit Sanghavi, a business analytics graduate student from India, said he was pleased with the University’s ongoing communications during the past several months. Even though COVID-19 shutdowns delayed his visa application process, information from UT Dallas staff kept him optimistic.

Sanghavi particularly credited Gaurav Shekhar MS’16, program director of the graduate business analytics program and assistant professor of instruction in information systems in the Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM), for providing international students with information and support.

Source: UTDallas
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