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International Students and Study Abroad


 

International Students in Minnesota

According to the Institute of International Education Open Doors 2014 report, 13,765 students from outside of the U.S. attended Minnesota institutions during the academic year 2013-2014. This number was up 4.0 percent from the previous year. Minnesota ranked 19th out of all states in the number of international students attending postsecondary institutions in the state, unchanged from 2012-2013.

Of 2013-2014 international students attending a Minnesota institution:

  • With 6,621 international students, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ranked 16th of all postsecondary institutions in the country in terms of the number of international students.
  • China was the leading country of origin for international students in Minnesota. The Chinese student population in Minnesota comprises of 29.8 percent of all international students in the state. South Korea and India were the next two leading countries of origin of international students in the state.
  • Eight Minnesota institutions accounted for 78 percent of the total Minnesota study abroad students.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, international students contributed over $27 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013-2014. Within Minnesota, international students contributed $354 million to the economy.


Eight Minnesota Institutions Accounted for 78 Percent of International Students in Minnesota, 2014

InstitutionNumber
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities6,621
St. Cloud State University1,272
Minnesota State University - Mankato1,044
Minnesota State University - Moorhead506
University of St. Thomas486
Macalester College296
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University249
Saint Olaf College194
All other Minnesota institutions3,097
Total International Students Attending a Minnesota Institution13,765

Source: Institute of International Education, Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange


Minnesota Students Studying Abroad

According to the Institute of International Education Open Doors 2014 report, 9,022 students attending Minnesota institutions studied abroad for academic credit during the academic year 2013-2014.

Of 2013-2014 study abroad students attending Minnesota institutions:

  • The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ranked fourth nationally in the total number of students participating in study abroad programs for academic credit with 2,544 students, behind New York University, University of Texas-Austin and University of Southern California.
  • Seven Minnesota institutions accounted for 66 percent of the total Minnesota study abroad students.

Seven Minnesota Institutions Accounted for 66 Percent of Minnesota Study Abroad Students, 2014

InstitutionNumber
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities2,555
Saint Olaf College*739
University of Saint Thomas*713
Hamline University*596
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University*563
Carleton College*422
Bethel University*371
All other Minnesota institutions3,063
Total Study Abroad Students Attending a Minnesota Institution9,022

*Ranked in the top 20 nationally in percent of the institution's undergraduate enrollment studying abroad.

Source: Institute of International Education, Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange


Nationally, 289,408 American students studied abroad during the 2013-2014 academic year, a two percent increase from last year. Despite the fact that U.S. student participation in study abroad programs has more than tripled in the past 20 years, fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. undergraduate students study abroad. Over 60 percent of students who study abroad participate in short-term programs; just 3 percent study abroad long-term for an academic or calendar year. The STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) increased study abroad participation by 9 percent from the prior year and is now the top field of study of American study abroad students.

The United Kingdom remains the most popular destination for American students, followed by Italy, Spain, France and China. In 2012-2013, student participation in programs located in Denmark, Peru, South Korea, South Africa and Thailand all increased by more than 10 percent.

The Institute of International Education has more information on international students studying in the U.S. and on U.S. students studying abroad.

Open Doors Fact Sheet for Minnesota


Study Abroad Health and Safety Data

To comply with 2014 Minnesota Session Laws Chapter 312, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) will collect data on study abroad student participation rates by country, and deaths and hospitalizations that occur during study abroad program participation between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015. This data will be available on this website after the data collection period closes in November 2015.

 

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