U.S. colleges and universities accepted 800,000 foreign students last year, a 7-percent increase over 2011.  Nearly half were from China, India and South Korea.

So what does that mean for your son or daughter?

Some believe the result has been American kids being denied access to the school of their choice. However, Brian Whelan with the Forum on Education Abroad defends the practice.

“International students who come into the U.S. help to internationalize our campuses,” he tells KTRH News.  “They also help to generate revenue, frankly, for institutions here in the United States.”

“What institutions try to do is to build a diverse cohort of students that reflect the realities of the world in which we live in order to help the students interact with a diverse population of students, and learn from them,” he says.

Whelan couldn't say whether those foreign students are taking a spot away from U.S. kids.

“Each institution approaches that differently,” he says.  “I think its hard to generalize from one institute to another.”

Whelan insists those same study abroad programs are available for U.S. students as well.