NIU Looking to Attract International Students

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DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Northern Illinois University is making an effort to attract more international students.

Raymond Alden is vice president of international affairs, a new position at the DeKalb school. He tells The Daily Chronicle that students need to have a global perspective. NIU has about 820 international students. The newspaper reports that international students pay about double in tuition compared with in-state residents.

Two NIU graduates who are with a Malaysian government program plan to visit in February to discuss bringing Malaysian freshmen to NIU.

Students from other countries also get support from a nonprofit group called Network of Nations. The group provides transition help and holds weekly meetings at a DeKalb church.

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