Foreign College Students from UTC and Across The US Have A 20 Billion Dollar Impact

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Updated: 11/11/2013 11:46 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-Abdul Mohsen moved from Saudi Arabia to Ohio and has just transferred to UTC.

     He is  one of 45,000 Saudi Arabians studying in the US many due to full scholarships from the Saudi government.

"They pay our school and they give us salary about, like if you have family you get like, 4000 dollars, they pay also good health insurance"

Other countries that offer full scholarships to American Universities for their brightest students are China, Kuwait and Brazil.

Abdul Aziz, UTC Computer Science,"Not as big as other some other places, you can find some Saudi's here and international students from anywhere"

UTC's Chuck Cantrell says they are working on bringing more top foreign students to the Scenic City.

"Not only does it help us financially because usually those students do come with scholarships and grants from their country of origin but also it adds to the culture, fabric and richness of experience here that we can offer to all of our students"

The majority of students who come to the Volunteer State study medicine, science and engineering.

UTC student and Tennessean, David Cotval, "At times we get narrow views of things, international students often bring diverse opinions to many different topics to religions and many different disciplines and they are a very important part of the community"

The Institute of International Education and Department of State's annual "Open Doors" report also added that a record number of US students are also going overseas with  300,000 studying abroad last year.

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