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International Students and Study Abroad


International Students in Minnesota

According to the Institute of International Education Open Doors 2017 report, 15,389 students from outside the U.S. attended Minnesota institutions during the academic year 2016-2017; increasing three 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 previous three years.

Of 2016-2017 international students attending a Minnesota institution:

  • With 7,197 international students, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ranked 22nd of all leading postsecondary institutions in the country hosting international students.
  • China was the leading country of origin for international students in Minnesota comprising 29 of all international students in the state. India and South Korea were the next two leading countries of origin of international students in the state followed by Nepal and Saudi Arabia.
  • Five Minnesota institutions accounted for 73 percent of international students studying in Minnesota.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, international students contributed $39 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016-2017. Within Minnesota, international students contributed over $458 million to the economy.

Open Doors Fact Sheet for Minnesota

International Students in the U.S. Infographic

Five Minnesota Institutions Accounted for 73 Percent of International Students in Minnesota, 2016-2017
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities7,197
St. Cloud State University1,569
Minnesota State University - Mankato1,374
University of St. Thomas651
Minnesota State University - Moorhead476
All other Minnesota institutions4,122
Total International Students Attending a Minnesota Institution15,389

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

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About the Data

The Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange is published by the Institute of International Education, the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States. IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of campuses regarding the international students in the United States since 1919, and with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s. The census is based on a survey of approximately 3,000 accredited U.S. institutions. Open Doors also conducts and reports on separate surveys on U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit (since 1985), and on international scholars at U.S. universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs.