WKU Hopes to Double International Student Population

By Kristin Martin | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Western Kentucky University is hoping to double its already growing international student population within just a few years.

International students make up just five percent of the overall student population.

Currently, 1,300 international students walk the campus and at least 400 more will attend this fall semester as one of the largest classes WKU has seen.

"Enrolling more international students, having more diversity on campus -- that gives a chance to our domestic students here who are, for one reason or another, unable to travel abroad, and get that international flavor on campus, in the classroom," said Raza Tiwana, the chief international officer of International Enrollment Management.

Tiwana said having that international growth is beneficial to the overall city and state economy.

He said it's become not only the WKU president's mission to achieve that growth, but also the majority of faculty and staff.

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