As University of Montana enrollment dips, international students are the exception

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MISSOULA, Montana — In the last school year, the University of Montana had more than 830 international students enrolled.

The Missoulian reports ( that in a time of dipping enrollment at UM, the number of international students hit a record high.

And in a time of budget cuts, one of the few new positions UM approved is another recruiter for the Office of International Programs.

Officials say UM seeks international students because they help create rich cultural diversity on campus, and a global connection that seeps into the greater community. At a time when budgets are dwindling, the foreign scholars also bring big tuition money.

The countries sending the most students in the most recent school year to UM were the Philippines, Japan, Brazil, China and Saudi Arabia.

Information from: Missoulian,

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