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Statistics describe "the foreign student
By Nancy Stohs
Statistically, the foreign student at UNL is most
likely to be Asian, a grad student, majoring in
engineering, unmarried, living off-campus, wealthy
and making his grades.
Of course, numbers can't tell you what the
individual student thinks or feels. But certain totals
and percentages, be they home country or academic
major, do tell much, if some questions are asked.
First statistic: Of 585 foreign students, 97 are
women. Why so many men?
According to Rowena Boyken, UNL foreign
student adviser, men abroad get priority in education,
especially from governments in developing countries.
Women traditionally are expected to stay at home, no
For students this means dating problems. Hong
Kong students, for example decided not to have a
dance at the Chinese New Year banquet because,
"There wouldn't be enough girls to dance with,"
Statistics show 281 graduate foreign students at
UNL compared with 230 undergraduates.
Explanation? Many governments won't sponsor a
student overseas unless he already has one degree,
Boyken said. India, with 72 students here, is an
It also means many foreign students are older than
undergraduates. And, as many will tell you, they have
trouble relating to American students.
It also may be one reason 92 per cent live in
By country, Hong Kong has the most students
here, with 134. At one time there were 300, Boyken
junior Peggy Kan,
shows students the "eood side" of
they come here seeking better
prospects. Hong Kong's future, next door to Red
China, is too unstable right now, she said.
Altogether 65 countries, ranging from Germany to
Lesotho, Africa, are represented (20 countries by
EUROPE No. ofStu.
Dominican Rep . . .1
. . . . .4.
Kenya . . ,
Uganda . .
Ghana . . ,
Rwanda . .
Sierra Leone 1
Data provided by the UNL
Saudia Arabia 4
El Salvador 1
Hong Kong 134
Mariana Is, 2
Foreign Student Office
nnlv one student). After Hong Kong and India.
Nigeria leads with 52 students, then Iran (48), Taiwan
(34), Pakistan (24) and Colombia (16).
More than 66 per cent of students are from Asia
and the Middle East. Only five per cent are from
There is no exchange program with Communist
countries, but there are five Cuban refugees and one
Russian defector at UNL, Boyken said.
As for majors, the sciences and technical fields
rank highest. Topping the list are business
administration (42), chemistry (41), electrical
engineering (35), computer science (32) and pre-med
(26). Engineering fields comprise 18 per cent and the
five top majors, 30 per cent.
Altogether 93 majors are represented.
Statistics aren't available on family incomes, but
Boyken said she thinks many students are from
wealthy families and metropolitan areas.
Each student on the average spends at least $3,500
for two semesters' books, tuition, room and board
and transportation. Jamaican sophomore Judith
Sadler said she spends $4,500, and "that's not being
The great majority are here on privatenot
government-funds, Boyken said.
Most foreign students have to be highly motivated,
have clear goals and intelligent minds to get here in
the first place, she added.
Each fall about 80-100 new students arrive at
UNL, and about 40-50 start January.
But this may change, Boyken said.
A new immigration law now requires the
candidate prove he can support himself until
completion of an academic degree, not just for one
year. Most students, she said, plan to stay longer than
Other statistics show there are 77 students
registering as permanent residents, meaning they
intend to become citizens. Practical trainees (a
full-time, post-degree work program) number 49.
Current figures aren't available, but last semester 142
students were married, 417 single.
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speaks a different language, so English is their common tongue, she
Although she and her roommate eat different foods, she said
they make a point of eating at the same time.
Chatterjee fixes both American and Indian foods and says she is
equally fond of both.
"Ice cream, pizza, hamburgers. I love them," she said.
She also said she likes Americans because they are outgoing and
friendly. Nebraskans, she said, are more conservative than
Her uncle lives in California, and she got to visit him for 18 days
at Christmas, she said.
Chatterjee said she spends most of her time at the lab working
on her project. She is trying to determine what initiates protein
synthesis in mammals.
But she also likes to go to the movies, Sheldon and the Women's
Physical Education building. She said she likes indoor sports, but
after 10 or 1 1 hours in lab, she is often too tired to participate.
In addition, jeans and American parties are on her list of
favorites. "The parties are very lively and dancing is fun," she said.
But Chatterjee doesn't plan on staying in Nebraska after she
graduates in 1977.
Rather, she hopes to go back to India and do research or teach,
but she said she'll have to wait and see what happens.
Nevertheless, she said her experiences in America are "an
experience in life," and she'll never forget them.
DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARDS'
Nominations for Distinguished Teacher Awards are now being accepted by the
various colleges. Teachers receiving this award are given a medallion and a prize of
$1,000. Students are invited, indeed urged, to made such nominations.
Nominations should be in your Dean's officy by February 15, 1975. Simnly follow
directions as outlined by your college below:
Submit nominations and supplementary material to the office of the Dean, College
of Agriculture, co T. E. Hartung, 103 Ag Hall, East campus
Submit nominations and supporting material to the Student Advisory Board, b0
Beechman, Chairman, co Dean's office.
ARTS & SCIENCES
Secure standard nomination form from Dean's office, 1223 Oldfather Hall. Send
material to Dr. Max D. Larsen, 1223 Oldfather Hall.
contact Dean's office, 240 CBA. Detailed information will be posted in CBA
building and published in Update.
abmit nominations and supplementary material to the office of the Dean, Room
107; College of Dentistry, East Campus.
ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY
Make nominations through department student organizations.
Make nominations through Student Advisory Council or directly to Dean's office,
105 Home Economics Building, East Campus.
Nominations are made through an in-college process. Contact Dean's office, 208
Law, for further information.
Nominations through Student Advisory Board or directly to the Dean's office, 101
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