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SF State ranks No. 1 in U.S. among
master's institutions for international students



Matt Itelson
SF State Office of Public Affairs & Publications
(415) 338-1665



Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


More than 2,000 foreign students from 94 countries attended the University last fall

SAN FRANCISCO, November 14, 2006 -- San Francisco State University has more international students than any other master's degree-granting institution in the United States, according to 2005-06 figures released Monday by the Institute of International Education.

This marks the second consecutive year that SF State is ranked No. 1 for international students. The University was No. 2 each year from 2000 to 2004.

The rankings are based on the most recently completed academic year, 2005-06. The number of international students at SF State last fall was 2,016.

Yenbo Wu, SF State director of international programs, said students exposed to new perspectives, languages and cultures graduate fully prepared for careers in a rapidly shrinking global society.

"The paradigm of global thinking is impacted by our international students' experiences in the U.S.," Wu said. "In the long run, these students will be leaders in government, commerce, law, education. They will return to do business with us and look to us for collaboration. Through these exchanges, we can look forward to better understanding and fewer misunderstandings."

Last fall, matriculated international students at SF State represented 94 countries of origin. The University remains a top destination for students from Asian countries. They comprised nearly 74 percent of the University's international student body. Japan topped the list with 425 students, as it has since SF State began tracking countries of origin in 1994. The other top countries of origin were Taiwan (169 students), South Korea (134), China (117) and Mexico (82).

Business administration remained the most popular field of study (638 students), followed by computer science (99), biology (70), psychology (70) and teaching English to speakers of other languages (65).

SF State's international student body last fall included 1,220 undergraduates and 499 graduate students.

Matriculated students do not include those enrolled through SF State's College of Extended Learning or American Language Institute, as well as some other short-term visitors, students and scholars.

For detailed nationwide data on international students, visit the Institute of International Education's Web site at:

For more information on SF State international programs, call (415) 338-1293 or visit:

SF State is the only master's-level public university serving the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. The University enrolls about 29,000 students each year and graduates about 7,000 annually. With nationally acclaimed programs in a range of fields -- from creative writing, cinema and biology to history, broadcast and electronic communication arts, theatre arts and ethnic studies -- the University's more than 150,000 graduates have contributed to the economic, cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and beyond.


NOTE: Yenbo Wu, SF State director of international programs, may be contacted directly at (415) 338-6377 or To schedule interviews with SF State international students, contact Matt Itelson of the SF State Office of Public Affairs and Publications at (415) 338-1743 or


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