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UW-Madison sees increase in international graduate students

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeing an increase in international graduate students, bucking the nationwide drop in international graduate students.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that 725 new international graduate students enrolled at UW-Madison in 2017, up from about 670 students in 2016.

Parmesh Ramanathan is the associate dean for graduate programs and services at UW-Madison. He says that there was a slight decrease in overall applications, but the total number of enrollees has gone up.

The Council of Graduate Schools says international graduate student enrollments were down nationwide for a second consecutive year, but didn't pinpoint a reason for the decline. The council says there's concern that the U.S. political climate and the country's immigration policies may be deterring prospective students.

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