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

Twin Cities campus ranks third in study abroad nationwide among doctorate-granting institutions, matching highest ranking ever for U

November 12, 2012

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 ranks third in the nation among doctorate-granting institutions in the number of students who participated in an education experience abroad in 2010-11, with 2,562 students.

The No. 3-ranking ties the university’s highest on this list, up from ninth place and 2,181 students in last year’s report (which included statistics from the 2009-10 school year). The university also reached third place in the 2008 report, with 2,521 students (which included statistics from 2007-08).

“The university’s high ranking in the Open Doors report, in both study abroad and international student enrollment, reflects our commitment to educating global leaders,” said Meredith McQuaid, associate vice president and dean of international programs. “We offer students educational opportunities abroad at a range of destinations, durations, price points and experiences, which has allowed us to increase our participation levels while other schools in the state have seen declines.”

In addition, the university ranked 14th among doctorate-granting institutions with 5,661 international students in 2011-12, up from 18th place with 5,124 students in last year’s report. (Study abroad statistics are reported one year behind international student statistics.)

“The increase in international student enrollment is a sign of the status and reputation of the University of Minnesota around the world,” said McQuaid. “As a global landgrant institution, we believe that incorporating international students into our classrooms and campus life leads to a better outcome for all.”

University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) also ranked high among master’s colleges and universities in study abroad. UMD ranked 38th with 403 students in 2010-11, up from 39th last year, with 386 students.

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.

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

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