The number of international students coming to the United States to go to college is at an all-time high. According to the Institute of International Education, nearly 820,000 students came to the United States from foreign countries to study at American colleges during the 2012-2013 school year.
According to the fall 2013 fact book, there are a total of 27 foreign students enrolled at Malone. These students come from a total of 18 different
The number of international students has been consistent in the past six years, fluctuating by only a few students each year. International students make up only one percent of all students enrolled.
Brenda Stevens, director of multicultural services, helps international students with their transition into the American education system.
“Students that come to Malone are usually here because of the athletics,” Stevens said.
Stevens said another reason international students come here is because they have prior connections to Malone.
Luan Tufani, junior accounting major, came to Malone to play soccer. He initially heard about Malone from one of his long time friends from Brazil, senior soccer player Kelvin Aquino.
“I knew about Malone through Kelvin, but I primarily came to Malone for the athletics,” Tufani said.
Tufani is just one of the many international athletes at Malone.
The men’s soccer team and the swim team are the two sports teams who have the most international athletes.
Another one of the athletes from the soccer team is senior biology major Felipe Delgado.
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Delgado said his reason for coming to the United States for college was because he wanted to continue to play soccer and it is easiest to do here.
Marta Jankowska is a junior exercise science major and a swimmer who decided to come to Malone all the way from Poland.
“I mainly came here because of the athletics,” Jankowska said.
Junior business administration major and swimmer Christoph Eckard agreed with Jankowska’s reasoning for coming to Malone.
“The scholarships really helped my decision,” Eckard said.
Even though a majority of the international students are involved in sports, others were drawn here for other reasons.
“My host dad works here,” said Nangamso Mntumni, a junior political science major. “Not only that, but it was recommended to me by a missionary in South Africa.”
All of the international students who were interviewed agreed that they would like to stay in the United States after they graduate from Malone.
Ryan Brumbaugh is a contributing writer for The Aviso AVW.