State by State, Colleges Team Up to Recruit Students From Abroad

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Seo Hyun Choi (left), from South Korea, and Tien Shing Tsao, from Taiwan, attend Mississippi State U. A statewide effort to attract more foreign students involves 16 public and private colleges.

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Seo Hyun Choi (left), from South Korea, and Tien Shing Tsao, from Taiwan, attend Mississippi State U. A statewide effort to attract more foreign students involves 16 public and private colleges.

"Mississippi: Where Learning and Hospitality Meet."

That's the pitch being made by StudyMississippi, a consortium of 16 colleges and preparatory schools promoting the state as an academic destination for international students.

Announced in February, StudyMississippi is the latest state or regional group formed to put flyover states on the map for foreign students. Nearly half of all states now have such international-education associations, meant to promote both public and