International coffee hour

(Photo: Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)

A new report shows the number of foreign students in Colorado last year rose 6.4 percent over 2012, slightly less than the national rate.

There are nearly 9,000 foreign students on Colorado campuses.

A quarter of Colorado’s foreign students come from China, 15 percent from Saudi Arabia and almost 10 percent from India. Alan Goodman, president of the Institute for International Education, noted that not only do the rising numbers help make students here more globally aware, they help Colorado’s economy.

“They spend close to $290 million, they pay tuition, they pay room and board, they patronize local stores,” Goodman said during an interview.

That’s almost $30 million more than the previous year. CU Boulder has the most foreign students, followed by Colorado State University Fort Collins and the University of Denver.