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Lone Star College System a destination for international students

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The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized the Lone Star College System as one of the top five community colleges with respect to the enrollment of international students.

LSCS placed third on the Almanac of Higher Education list based on statistics compiled by Institute of International Education.

During the 2010 academic year, more than 2,500 international students were enrolled in LSCS courses.

"International students are welcome at Lone Star College System and we work hard to make them feel included and at home," said Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS chancellor. "Having international students on our campuses enriches our classrooms, campuses and communities with worldwide perspectives."

More than 900 of the international students enrolled in LSCS in the fall of 2010 were from Mexico. Students from the following countries were also LSCS students in the fall of 2010: Vietnam, Nepal, Venezuela, El Salvador, Colombia, Korea, India, Pakistan, Honduras, Nigeria, Philippines, Kenya, Canada and Guatemala.

International students contributed more than $21.2 billion to the U.S. economy in 2010, with more than $1.3 billion of that being spent in Texas, according to the Institute of International Education report.

Based on the report, international students attending LSCS spend more than $50 million annually, helping to boost the local and regional economy.

Student advisors are designated throughout all six LSCS campuses to help international students. Mentoring and academic counseling are also available for international students in the LSCS.

International students also have seamless transfer opportunities to four-year universities through the two LSCS University Centers with partnership agreements in place.

On the Web:

Lone Star College System -- http://lonestar.edu/

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