A new report ranks Missouri 12th nationwide for the number of international students enrolled at the state’s colleges and universities.
More than 17,300 international students – an increase of 7.7 percent – chose Missouri as their destination for higher education during the 2012-2013 academic year, according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors 2013 report. The state previously ranked 13th nationwide in the number of international students.
The number of Missouri students studying abroad also increased, from 4,650 to 4,938.
“International education fosters an exchange of cultural experiences and ideas on our campuses and in our communities that is crucial in our global society,” said Britta Wright, chair of Study Missouri and director of international student services at Columbia College. “We are pleased to see an increasing number of foreign students coming to Missouri for higher education opportunitiesas well as more Missourians studying in other countries.”