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Arizona Schools See Slight Increase In International Students In 2017

The number of international students studying in Arizona has increased slightly from last year.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) report shows that as of last month, there were about 21,000 international students enrolled in an Arizona school. That’s a roughly 1.8 percent increase from 2016.

According to ICE, the biggest increases came from India and Kuwait.

Nationwide there are nearly 1.2 million international students studying at about 8,700 U.S. schools.

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Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.