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International Students and Study Abroad

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International Students in Minnesota

According to the Institute of International Education Open Doors 2015 report, 14,438 students from outside the U.S. attended Minnesota institutions during the academic year 2014-2015. This number was up 4.9 percent from the previous year. Minnesota ranked 19th out of all states in the number of international students attending postsecondary institutions in the state, unchanged from 2013-2014.

Of 2014-2015 international students attending a Minnesota institution:

  • With 6,984 international students, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ranked 17th 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 30.4 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 followed by Saudi Arabia and Nepal.
  • Five Minnesota institutions accounted for 73 percent of international students studying in Minnesota.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, international students contributed over $30 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014-2015. Within Minnesota, international students contributed over $390 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, 2014-2015
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities6,984
St. Cloud State University1,375
Minnesota State University - Mankato1,228
University of St. Thomas544
Minnesota State University - Moorhead486
All other Minnesota institutions3,821
Total International Students Attending a Minnesota Institution14,438

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


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