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November 10, 2000 Contact: Tim Winkler (312) 355-0365; winkler@uic.edu
  Kristin Lunardini (312) 996-3457; klunar1@uic.edu


Representatives from 20 Chicago foreign consulates will help the University of Illinois at Chicago celebrate the start of U.S. International Education Week at a Nov. 13 reception. Instituted by U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the week seeks to raise awareness in global education issues.

Sponsored by UIC's John Nuveen Center for International Affairs, the reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Illinois Room at the Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted St.

The reception will honor the diplomatic corps in Chicago. International education at UIC will also be highlighted - nearly 2,000 students from 94 different countries are attending UIC this semester, and nearly 200 UIC students traveled abroad during the 1998-1999 academic year.

Scheduled speakers include a representative from Chicago's diplomatic corps, UIC Interim Provost Charlotte Tate and Associate Provost for External Affairs Allan Lerner.

The reception is open to all UIC faculty and staff.

The following are facts about international education in the United States:

  • The United States remains the leading destination for international students. One-third of all foreign students choose to study in the United States.
  • Foreign students account for approximately three percent of total enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities, and bring millions of dollars into the U.S. economy each year.
  • During the 1998-1999 academic year, nearly 115,000 U.S. students studied abroad - a 15 percent increase from the previous year.
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