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UNH wants more Chinese students, assures public it won't reduce in-state access

By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent

June 11. 2018 12:30PM
The University of New Hampshire is recruiting college-ready students from China as part of its initiative to attract students from around the world. (Kimberley Haas file photo)

DURHAM — The University of New Hampshire has a new program designed to attract Chinese high school graduates who are exploring college options in the United States.

UNH has more than doubled its population of international students in the last five years. This past fall, there were 781 undergraduate and graduate students from other countries on campus.

The total Chinese student population at UNH was 357. China is the world’s leading exporter of students to the US.

UNH spokesman Erika Mantz explained Thursday that Chinese students with high Gaokao test scores can apply for admission and school officials have designed a streamlined process for students who have taken the nine-hour test. They will be able to start classes in Durham this January.

“This initiative is part of UNH’s commitment to attracting more and stronger applicants from around the world,” Mantz said. “This new program will in no way limit access for New Hampshire students. Applications this year across the university’s enrollment portfolio are strong.”

Mantz said accommodations for Chinese students include using the Duolingo test and a video-based interview instead of TOEFL or IELTS exams. There is also a web-based application in place of the standard Common Application.

Mantz said only students who meet the university’s expectations and demonstrate a readiness for college-level work will be accepted.

The Gaokao test was administered in China last week. The government there expected 9.75 million students to take the exam this year.

In Beijing, Lu Mengqi showed up for the first day of the two-day exam in a black Nike T-shirt featuring the brand’s trademark swoosh logo in red.

“This is my lucky outfit,” said the 18-year-old. “I bought it specifically for Gaokao because Nike is my favorite sports brand and the shirt has a big check on it.”

Chinese and mathematics are included in all Gaokao tests. English used to be required of students, but now Japanese, Russian or French may be taken instead. Students must also choose between a social science or natural science subject area, according to Wikipedia.

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Reuters contributed to this report.


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