International Students in MinnesotaAccording to the Institute of International Education Open Doors 2018 report, 15,695 students from outside the U.S. attended Minnesota postsecondary institutions during the academic year 2017-2018; increasing two percent from the previous year. Minnesota ranked 19th out of all states in the number of international students attending institutions in the state, unchanged from previous three years. Nationally 1.09 million international students studied in the U.S.
Of 2017-2018 international students attending a Minnesota institution:
- The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ranked 21st of all leading institutions in the country hosting international students, with 7,212 international students.
- China was the leading country of origin for international students in Minnesota comprising 28 percent of all international students. India and South Korea were the next two leading countries of origin of international students in the state followed by Nepal and Saudi Arabia.
- Five Minnesota institutions accounted for 74 percent of international students studying in Minnesota: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota State University-Mankato, University of St. Thomas and Minnesota State University-Moorhead.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, international students contributed $42 billion to the U.S. economy in 2017-2018 through tuition, room and board, and other expenses. Within Minnesota, international students contributed over $474 million to the states economy.Open Doors Fact Sheet for Minnesota