‘Open Doors’ report shows U of M near top in study abroad participation, international student enrollment

The annual “Open Doors” report on international and study abroad students shows that the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus continues to rank in the top 20 in both categories, according to a release by the Institute of International Education (IIE) on Monday.

The Twin Cities campus ranks sixth in the nation among doctorate-granting institutions in the number of students that participated in an educational experience abroad in 2013-14 with 2,634 students—a 3% increase from the previous year.

In addition, the University ranks 17th among doctorate-granting institutions with 6,984 international students in 2014-15—a 5.5% increase from the previous year. (Study abroad statistics are reported one year behind international student statistics.)

“The University of Minnesota’s high ranking in the Open Doors report reflects our strong history and commitment to educating global leaders to solve global challenges,” said Meredith McQuaid, associate vice president and dean of international programs. “Our emphasis continues to be providing international and intercultural opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom to help our students live and lead in this global society."

The Open Doors report measures international student mobility – the official report on the number of American students studying abroad and international students coming to the United States. The report is published by the Institute of International Education. More details on the Open Doors 2015 surveys and their findings can be accessed here.

The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance) is the central international office for the University of Minnesota system. The GPS Alliance is the driving force for the University of Minnesota in globalizing teaching, learning, research and engagement. The GPS Alliance supports the university's mission by working closely with campuses, colleges, units, faculty and staff, students, and the community to comprehensively internationalize the University of Minnesota. For more information, visit global.umn.edu.


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