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Less than a gen­er­a­tion ago, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity was chiefly a local insti­tu­tion, drawing nearly three-​​quarters of its stu­dents from the sur­rounding New Eng­land states. Its alumni, too, largely stayed in the region.

Today, how­ever, the university’s hori­zons are global. Nearly 10 per­cent of its under­grad­u­ates come from over­seas, double the pro­por­tion of just four years ago, and the number of stu­dents that it sends abroad has increased three­fold over the same time period. This past year, the uni­ver­sity, where ban­ners across the campus pro­claim its “Engage­ment With the World,” was one of five rec­og­nized by Nafsa: Asso­ci­a­tion of Inter­na­tional Edu­ca­tors for its global focus.

In some sense, North­eastern may have leapfrogged,” says Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­emic affairs, “and gone straight to becoming an inter­na­tional institution.”

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