Pasadena City College (PCC) recently announced that it plans to increase its international student enrollment from 1,000 to 3,000 students, and approximately half of this group will be from China, World Journal (世界日報) reports. The announcement followed agreements between the United States and China that student visas for international Chinese students will be extended from one to five years starting Nov. 12.
PCC Interim Associate Dean of International Education Russell Frank told the Chinese publication that the new five-year visa provides Chinese students ample time to transfer to a University of California, California State University, or private university to further pursue a bachelor’s degree without having to apply for another short-term visa.
International students at PCC pay $268 per credit, with a minimum enrollment requirement of 12 credits in fall and spring semesters. With the minimum credits, international students need to pay approximately $8,000 each academic year.
Cal State Los Angeles also indicated its plan to enroll more Chinese students, according to World Journal. International Office Director Amy Wang said approximately 200 Chinese students enrolled in the 2014 fall semester. The school's admission office plans to visit China in March 2015 to enroll more Chinese international students.
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