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Nov. 17, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University saw slight increases in the number of international students studying at the University and the number of students studying abroad during the 2009-10 academic years.
The increases were in line with statistics released by the Missouri Department of Higher Education that showed the number of international students studying in Missouri grew by more than 18 percent, and the number of Missouri students studying abroad grew by 2.6 percent.
The national report, issued by the Institute of International Education, can be viewed here.
Northwest experienced an increase of 250 degree-seeking international students in fall 2008 to 270 in fall 2009. Northwest's total international enrollment for fall 2010 is 252 students, or 3.5 percent of Northwest's total enrollment, with the majority of those students coming from India, China, Korea and Japan.
Northwest also saw a slight increase in the number of students who chose to study abroad from 86 students during 2008-2009 to 89 students during 2009-2010. During 2008-2009, 51 percent of students who studied abroad were majors within the College of Business and Professional Studies; 55 percent of the students who studied abroad during 2009-2010 majored in programs within the College of Arts and Sciences.
MDHE noted the growth rate of international students studying in Missouri surpassed the national trend, which rose only 3 percent, and it more than doubled from previous years, which averaged about 7 percent. The report ranks Missouri 16th in the nation in the ability to attract international students - up from 17th last year.
Interim Commissioner of Higher Education David Russell attributes the growth to collaboration in marketing Missouri abroad, in addition to Study Missouri, a consortium of public institutions in which Northwest participates.
The upsurge in international education in Missouri helps the state's economic bottom line. Expenditures by foreign students in Missouri this year are estimated to be almost $336 million, up from $270 million a year ago, according to MDHE.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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