A new report by the International Education Exchange shows Georgia ranks 12th in the nation as a destination for foreign students attending college. Their numbers rose more than four percent in the last year.
More than 15 thousand international students go to school here. More than 50 percent of them come from just three countries; China, India, and South Korea.
Julie Strecker is with Study Georgia, a consortium of colleges and universities promoting the Peach State as a place to get an education. She says international students spend around $430 million dollars a year here.
“There’s not a lot of financial aid available out there for international students. So, when they are enrolling in schools in the United States you know they might be getting some kind of academic scholarship, but otherwise they’re paying full price.”
The largest numbers of students attend Georgia Tech, followed by Emory University, Georgia State University, University of Georgia and Savannah College of Art and Design.