Community Colleges Work to Support International Students
As a high school student in Egypt, Omar Bishr applied to a few U.S. universities but didn’t get in. So he pursued plan B: apply to a community college in the U.S. and then transfer to a four-year institution.
Today, Bishr, 19, is a second-year business and economics student at Santa Monica College, a community college in California. He holds leadership positions on campus, such as water polo team captain, and is on the path to transfer – he hopes to attend the University of California—Berkeley.
In 2014-15, a total of 91,648 international students – 9.4 percent of all international students in the U.S. that year – studied at community colleges, according to data from the Institute of International Education.