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An international experience
Textbooks can only say so much. At The Johns Hopkins University, students learn about the world from each other.
"I have a friend who's from Dubai, and let's say we read an article about the Gulf War for class - we're able to talk about it directly, with him adding personal aspects to the discussion," senior Evan Lazerowitz says. "And I recently took a class on India; there were a lot of Indian students there adding their personal views and opinions about what's going on there now. It adds a very important aspect to class and to campus life. It puts a human face on learning about international topics."
Such interactions are increasingly common at JHU, as the Class of 2013 is the most geographically diverse in the history of the institution. It's also the largest class in JHU history, with 1,350 enrolled. Among their number are 150 international students from 34 different countries.
And those numbers don't even include foreign-born students that moved to the United States at a young age or first generation Americans. Consequently, fully a quarter of the Class of 2013 reports speaking a language other than English at home, according to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Korean-born freshman DaYe Kim moved to America with her father and younger sister four years ago and was the only Korean student in her Massachusetts high school. That's changed at JHU. Kim said that before she arrived at Johns Hopkins she was "not used to seeing so many Koreans" on campus.
In fact, South Korea is the most prominent nation among this year's international freshman. Sixty-one of the 150 international students are from South Korea. There are 16 students from Canada, 15 from China, 9 from India and 28 students from other countries with 5 or fewer enrolled.
Applications from international students to Johns Hopkins have increased by 883 percent in the last 20 years - mirroring a national trend among elite universities.
"We have the privilege of being able to select the most talented students from the world," says Paula Burger, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education for the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. "That can only enrich the experience of all of our students."
--Research and quotes for this article were gathered by Geoff Brown, '92.
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