The University of Texas at Austin has announced plans to double its students from the current 1,000 to 2,000 by 2020, following an increase of more than 30% in students from 2015.
“We’re thrilled to see so many of our students in the U.S.,” said Dean of Student Affairs Laila M. Gaudel, in a statement on the university’s website.
The university’s decision to offer an extra year of university education to international students is part of an ambitious plan to boost the university as it enters its third decade of existence.
Since 2015, the university has enrolled more than 200,000 international students, making it the second-largest in the nation behind Yale University.
While it will be a long time before students from other parts of the world can return to campus, Marge Hensley, an associate professor of sociology and public affairs, said there are opportunities to learn about U.K. politics, philosophy and religion in the United States.
It’s a huge part of our curriculum and that’s really exciting,” Hensie said.
Students can also continue to study abroad at the university, which will be the second largest campus in the world.
This year, more than half of the incoming freshmen class will be international students.
More than a dozen countries will be participating in the program, including Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Sweden, India, Canada, Spain, Germany, Austria and the United Arab Emirates.
Marge Honsley said the university will also work with other institutions in the country to offer courses on topics related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Among those programs will be an online learning program in English and French for students from Brazil and the Dominican Republic, as well as an online course in Latin American and Caribbean languages and cultural studies.
Another program is planned for 2020 to offer more than 500 international students in engineering, a position that has historically been reserved for U.N. peacekeepers.
Honsley also said the UTA plans to expand the program to more than 400 students by 2019.
In a statement, the UT administration said the program is designed to be flexible and adaptable to the needs of the students.
The university’s international student enrollment is expected to grow to more more than 1,500 by 2021, the statement said.
The university will provide students with access to online education and other resources, including financial aid.
The program will also offer additional financial aid to students who do not have financial need, such as students with disabilities and international students with families in the US.