January 7, 2010 | Diane Johnson | Leave a comment The number of Asian students has skyrocketed at American universities because of their parent’s optimism and support of education. Students from countries like Japan, China, South Korea, and Vietnam are studying at prestigious universities. They are primarily located on the East Coast at state universities and community colleges. Statistics released in November by the Institute of International Education showed that six of 10 foreign countries that sent large numbers of students to be educated in 2008-2009 were from Asia. The number of Korean students increased by 8.6 percent, while Indian students rose 9.2 percent and Chinese rose 21.1 percent. While the numbers of students have jumped, none compare to Vietnamese students. Their numbers increased by 46 percent in one-year which was the fastest pace. American higher education offers these students a lot of opportunities but it also comes with a big price tag. School and living expenses for foreign students in the U.S. equaled approximately $17.8 billion each year. But the cost didn’t keep them from coming. In 2008-2009, 670,000 foreign nationals studied at American universities and the number continues to grow. These international students are welcome in the classroom. They not only bring more money to the U.S. but also create a better learning experience for everyone. They bring different ideas and perspectives to the classroom, which creates a better educational experience for everyone. Plus, they generally do really well in school so American students know they have to study and apply themselves in order to keep up with them.