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West Virginia University at Parkersburg welcomed a record number of international students with a reception at the main campus this week.

A total of 34 international students are registered for the fall 2013 semester, which is the highest number of international students to attend the college at one time.

"We've found that students from other countries come here for our affordability and our unique offering of both associate and bachelor degree programs," WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage said in a news release. "We are always happy to welcome international students, and we do our best to help them become fully integrated into the college and our community."

Some students came to the United States specifically to attend college at WVU Parkersburg, while others have established permanent residence in the area.

International students currently attending WVU Parkersburg come from several countries, including: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, England, Germany, Ghana, Iraq, Jamaica, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, South Korea, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago and Turkey.