A record number of 18,713 new international student applicants has been achieved by NYU Shanghai. Opened as a joint venture between East China Normal University and New York University, the record has been set for the 2021 autumn admission session, which is also a 12% hike over the last year.
The international application received from students hailing from other countries except for the US hiked by 53%, with 2,246 of the applicants belonging to China. Competition to take one of the 500 places is expected to increase further.
The Director of admissions at NYU Shanghai, Annie Lu, stated through the three global campuses and various academic centres spread across the globe, NYU was able to shift the students to other campuses and study-away sites and promoting the Go Local programme. She further claims that NYU is one of the only universities to offer a number of options that students can avail.
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Statements from international students at Chinese universities speculate that since international students at NYU Shanghai were the sole international student cohort in the country to have received the permit to travel to the university, which may have been a contributing factor in the record.
Speaking to the media, NYU Shanghai claimed that its international students were allowed to travel to the country under the excuse of a test case for the safe return of international students, however, no further comments were given.
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However, as the country continues to keep its borders closed for other international students, the China International Student Union has been campaigning towards reopening the borders. While NYU Shanghai has been able to set a new record, international students enrolled in other Chinese universities seem to be stuck outside the border.