MSU in top 10 for study abroad and international students
Published: Monday, 14 Nov 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State University is one of only four universities in the nation to rank in the top 10 for study abroad participation and international student enrollment, according to the Institute of International Education’s annual Open Doors Report, which was released Nov. 14.
MSU is the only Big Ten school to hold the distinction, which also places MSU on the IIE’s top 25 lists of campuses for international student enrollment and study abroad participation.
For the seventh year in a row, MSU sent more students abroad than any other public university, with 2,589 students -- nearly one in three – studying overseas in 2009/10. In 2010/11, MSU hosted 5,748 international students on its campus.
"The rankings reflect our strategic effort to focus on student mobility and the role it plays in preparing global citizens,” said MSU President Lou Ann K. Simon. “From the beginning, we stress to students the importance of developing a worldly knowledge base in an increasingly interconnected world.”
Open Doors ranked New York University, a private school, No. 1 with 4,156 students studying abroad.
In addition, for the 2010-11 academic year, international students represented 12 percent of MSU’s population – an increase of 7.3 percent from the previous year. MSU ranks ninth among U.S. institutions overall in international student enrollment.
This fall MSU welcomed more than 1,800 new international students to campus with a week-long orientation program guided by the Office for International Students and Scholars.
International students contribute $160 million to the economy of Greater Lansing, according to the Office of International Student and Scholars.
MSU saw an increase in Chinese undergraduate students in 2010-11, and for the second year, the number of undergraduate students topped the number of graduate students.
In line with student mobility efforts, as MSU welcomes students from China, the university is looking to increase the number of students it sends to the country. In 2009/10 China was among MSU’s top 10 study abroad destinations, with 76 students studying in the country.
“Next year, MSU will offer one of our most innovative study abroad programming models, Freshman Seminar Abroad, in China,” said Brett Berquist, executive director of the Office of Study Abroad.
Recognizing the first year of college plays a crucial role in student success and readiness for intercultural learning, MSU has blended lessons from its study abroad programming with principles from on-campus freshman seminars. The result is an innovative program developed in collaboration with the university’s Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education known as the Freshman Seminar Abroad.
Berquist said programs abroad in the freshman year are important components to retention and to meeting student demand for early mobility.
In support of the U.S. State Department’s “100,000 Strong Initiative,” Coca-Cola Co. and Amway partnered with MSU to provide scholarships for students interested in studying in China.
MSU offers one of the largest catalogs of study abroad programs, with more than 275 programs in more than 60 countries on all continents. In addition, 45 percent of MSU study abroad participants have chosen non-traditional locations in which to learn: Mexico, Japan, South Africa and Brazil.
"Earning this level of recognition is only possible through collaborations – whether it is a corporate partner across the state, the partnership with our faculty or the collaboration with our partner institutions abroad.” said Jeff Riedinger, dean of International Studies and Programs. "It's nice to receive such public recognition from an independent source that confirms our progress.”