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International Students Seeking Education in U.S., Elin Suleymanov (F04) Comments

Traveling to the US to Get an Education

The number of foreign students seeking an American education has reached an all-time high, and is only predicted to rise. It’s also worth noting that nearly one-quarter of foreign diplomats to the United States have some form of American education.

That presence is greatest at the collegiate level. International student enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities has risen drastically in the last decade, increasing by roughly 32 percent. There were 723,277 international students at the post-secondary level during the 2010-11 academic year, representing more than 80 countries around the globe. 

Elin Suleymanov, ambassador to the United States representing the Republic of Azerbaijan, is the product of a global education. After earning his undergraduate degree in his home country and in Moscow, Suleymanov was accepted into the Edmund Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program and earned his first master’s degree from the University of Toledo in 1994. Nearly a decade later, he returned to the American education system a second time, earning a master of arts in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

During his time at Fletcher, the ambassador noticed what he saw as a distinct aspect of the American college experience — classes geared toward applying knowledge to real-world scenarios

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