Welcome international students
Do you ever look askance at students walking down the road, perhaps wearing a burka so that you only see their eyes?
Why aren’t they driving?
I always tell international students at orientation that Texans won’t think twice about you driving or even riding a horse in town, but walking ... so, who are these people and why are they here?
Probably, they are among the 3,300 international students and their families attending the University of North Texas or Texas Woman’s University, living in the city of Denton.
UNT hosts students from more than 121 (out of 195) countries. Is it any surprise that there are more than 63 different languages spoken at the homes of Denton school district students?
In 2013, international students enrolled at both TWU and UNT brought in more than $53 million to the local economy and sustained 976 jobs.
For UNT alone, international students accounted for an estimated $35 million in tuition and an additional $11 million in formula funding annually.
International students have higher GPAs and graduation rates than their domestic counterparts, account for 1 in 4 doctoral and 1 in 5 master’s students at UNT, and inspire UNT domestic students to study abroad.
UNT, TWU and Global Interact, a 40-year-old community group, take great care in creating a welcoming environment for international students.
I call on the community to welcome international students and to be the change you want to see at home in Denton — at home in the world.