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International Students and Study Abroad


 

International Students in Minnesota

According to the Institute of International Education Open Doors 2013 report, 13,232 students from outside of the U.S. attended Minnesota institutions during the academic year 2012-2013. This number was up 3.9 percent from the previous year. Minnesota ranked 19th out of all states in the number of international students attending postsecondary institutions in the state, remaining unchanged from 2011-2012.

Of 2012-2013 international students attending a Minnesota institution:

  • The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ranked 16th nationally in the highest number of international students with 2,652 students.
  • China was the leading country of origin for international students in Minnesota, comprising 29.2 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.
  • Ten Minnesota institutions accounted for 81 percent of the total Minnesota study abroad students.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, international students contributed over $24 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012-2013. Within Minnesota, international students contributed $332 million to the economy.


Ten Minnesota Institutions Accounted for 81 Percent of International Students in Minnesota, 2013

InstitutionNumber
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities6,178
St. Cloud State University1,215
Minnesota State University - Mankato885
Minnesota State University - Moorhead528
University of St. Thomas448
University of Minnesota - Duluth349
Winona State University316
Macalester College294
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University263
Carleton College186
All other Minnesota institutions2,570
Total International Students Attending a Minnesota Institution13,232

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 2013 report, 9,249 students attending Minnesota institutions studied abroad for academic credit during the academic year 2011-2012.

Of 2011-2012 study abroad students attending Minnesota institutions:

  • The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ranked third nationally in the highest number of students participating in study abroad programs for academic credit with 2,508 students, behind New York University and the University of Texas-Austin.
  • Ten Minnesota institutions accounted for 76 percent of the total Minnesota study abroad students.

Ten Minnesota Institutions Accounted for 76 Percent of Minnesota Study Abroad Students, 2012

InstitutionNumber
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities2,508
University of Saint Thomas*815
Saint Olaf College*678
Hamline University*601
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University546
Bethel University*407
Carleton College*390
Gustavus Adolphus College371
University of Minnesota - Duluth356
St. Cloud State University347
All other Minnesota institutions2,230
Total Study Abroad Students Attending a Minnesota Institution9,249

*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, 283,332 American students studied abroad, an increase of three percentan all-time high. The United Kingdom remains the leading destination for American students, followed by Italy, Spain, France and China.

Study abroad by American students more than tripled over the past two decades, and Open Doors reported a steady rise in U.S. study abroad over several decades. The increased numbers of American students studying abroad demonstrates an interest in getting international experience. Many campus leaders, as well, remain committed to ensuring large numbers of their students have an international experience before graduating. However, American students studying abroad still represent a tiny proportion of total U.S. higher education enrollment. In 2011-2012, only one percent of all students enrolled in postsecondary institutions in the United States studied abroad.

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

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