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

Twin Cities campus maintains third-place ranking in study abroad nationwide

November 8, 2013

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

The Twin Cities campus maintained its third-place ranking in the nation among doctorate-granting institutions in the number of students who participated in an education experience abroad in 2011-12, with 2,508 students. This year’s report moves the university to the top of the Big 10 schools in study abroad participation.

In addition, the university ranks 16th among doctorate-granting institutions with 6,178 international students in 2012-13, down from 14th place despite an increase of 571 students. (Study abroad statistics are reported one year behind international student statistics.)

 "The university’s high ranking in the Open Doors report, in both study abroad and international student enrollment, reflects our long history and reputation for offering high-quality international education programming and the university’s commitment to internationalization," said Meredith McQuaid, associate vice president and dean of international programs. "While we are proud to rank highly in both categories, our emphasis continues to be on providing international and intercultural opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom to help our students be prepared to live and lead in this global society."

Education abroad enrollments are stagnant on many campuses; however, the university has been able to maintain growth.  

"We believe our growth is due to years of collaboration with departments and colleagues around the university and our shared focus on integrating study abroad into the curriculum and career planning of our students," said Martha Johnson, assistant dean for learning abroad. "At Minnesota, experiences abroad are not an ‘add on’ or time off from studying; they are an integral part of a student’s education."

The report’s release coincides with International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. University departments are planning more than 20 events to highlight the University's support of international education. (Calendar of events:

The Open Doors report measures international student mobility – the official report on the number of American students going abroad to study and international students coming to the United States. The Open Doors report is published by the Institute of International Education, the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States. More details on the Open Doors 2012 surveys and their findings can be accessed at

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

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