International students contemplate future careers in the U.S., but face challenges that local students may not have to worry about.
International students look towards future careers, face challenges
13 percent of UW-Madison undergraduates are international students, according to enrollment reports of 2018 fall done by the Office of the Registrar from UW Madison. Though UW-Madison is a predominantly white school, the number of international students are not too small to represent. UW-Madison accepts degree-seeking and exchange undergraduates, graduates and doctoral students representing more than 130 countries.
Nationally, there were 785,435 students seeking either a bachelor’s (402,293 students) or master’s degree (383,142 students) from 2017 to 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“I wanted to pursue better education in here,” said a UW-Madison sophomore from Asia majoring in biochemistry, who wished to remain anonymous. “I thought there was a future prospect, because I think there are more opportunities for developing my academic interest.”
But finding a job after school can be a challenge.
A senior aspiring to be a journalist from Hong Kong who also wished to remain anonymous, has found the job search to be difficult because of her current immigration status. She said she wishes to stay in the country after graduating from UW-Madison, but she has her concerns about her future.
“NBC Universal does not hire unless people who have permanent residency,” she said.
In some cases, companies mention whether or not they accept foreigners in job descriptions. But she mentioned getting a job is about much more than the application. Social capital and networking are just as important, which local students have an advantage in, she explained.