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Report: Missouri Ranks 12th in Number of International Students

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new report released earlier this week places Missouri 12th in the nation in the number of international students enrolled at colleges and universities.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new report released earlier this week places Missouri 12th in the nation in the number of international students enrolled at colleges and universities.

According to the Institute of International Education report, more than 17,300 international students chose Missouri as their destination for higher education during the 2012-2013 academic year. That’s an increase of 7.7 percent.

The state moved up in the rankings from the 13th position previously.

The state is also seeing an increase in the number of students studying abroad, which increased from 4,650 to 4,938.

According to the study, named Open Doors Data, more than one-third of international students studying in Missouri are from China.

Other countries with the highest number of students in the state are India, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Japan.

Missouri universities enrolling the largest numbers of international students are:  
  • University of Missouri-Columbia: 2,490 students
  • Washington University: 2,235 students
  • Missouri State University: 1,482 students
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City: 1,287 students
  • Lindenwood University: 1,245 students

The report also examines the economic impact of international education.

Total expenditures by foreign students in Missouri were estimated at more than $452 million during the 2012-2013 academic year.
 
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