Research from the Institute of International Education shows Purdue University has the second-largest international student population among public universities in the U.S. The report also shows Indiana University ranks fifth in the number of students studying abroad. November 11, 2013

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University continues to have the second-largest international student population among U.S. public universities and is third overall, according to a report released Monday (Nov. 11) by the Institute of International Education.

“This consistently strong international student enrollment is evidence of Purdue's world-known quality that keeps Purdue on the map, literally, for global businesses and other institutions. This translates into more internship opportunities and research partnerships, which ultimately benefit our students and faculty,” said Suresh Garimella, the university's chief global affairs officer. “International diversity also helps prepare our students for careers in the global workforce.”

The 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange is based on the 2012-13 academic year, and it reports Purdue had 9,509 international students. This number is larger than Purdue's reported 8,562 for Fall 2012 because the institute includes recent graduates who are still affiliated with their universities. The Open Doors report shows an increase of 946 while Purdue's records show a jump of 628.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked first among U.S. public institutions with 9,804 international students. A private school, the University of Southern California, ranked first on the overall list, and New York University, also private, ranked fourth. Last year, Purdue was ranked fourth overall and New York University was third.

Purdue also had the largest number of undergraduate international students at 4,974 in 2012-13.

Nationally, the number of international students attending American universities and colleges increased more than 7 percent from 764,495 in the previous report to a record high 819,644. This is the seventh year that the number of international students studying in the United States has increased.

The state of Indiana also saw a 10 percent increase from 22,194 to 24,408. Indiana is ranked 10th among states with largest international student populations, and Indiana University is ranked 13th on the Open Doors overall list with 6,547 international students.

“West Lafayette and the state of Indiana not only benefit culturally from these international student populations but also economically,” said Michael Brzezinski, dean of international programs. “These future Purdue alumni, as well as their families, and even corporate partner connections, also take an interest in our university and community.”

According to the recent Open Doors report, international students contributed $24 billion to the U.S. economy. In 2011-12 international students studying in Indiana contributed $688.2 million to the Indiana economy according to NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

This fall Purdue reported an increase of 140 international students, bringing the current number to a record of 8,702. These students represent 126 countries with 4,323 from China, 1,355 from India and 733 from South Korea. China has the most international students studying in the United States.

Nationally, 283,000 American students studied abroad during 2011-12. The number of American students from Purdue who studied abroad during the same time was 1,312. This fall Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced that increasing study abroad participation was one of the university's key initiatives. Purdue's goal is for a third of all undergraduate students to participate in an international study, internship or research credit-bearing experience before graduation. Currently about 19 percent of graduates at the undergraduate level have participated in a study abroad program.

The Open Doors report is published in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Institute of International Education has conducted an annual statistical survey of international students in the United States since its founding in 1919 and in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972Source: Purdue UniversityNews Release

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Record levels of Indiana University students continue to go abroad as a vital part of their education at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University. According to the 2013 Open Doors report released today by the Institute of International Education, IU Bloomington now ranks fifth nationally in the number of students studying abroad — up from seventh the previous year.

When credit and non-credit study are combined, more than 3,000 students from IU's eight campuses traveled internationally as part of their IU education last year. This number includes 2,954 students university-wide enrolled in credit-bearing programs. Of these, a record 2,328 students were from IU Bloomington.

Nationally, the number of students studying abroad increased by 3 percent, but IU Bloomington experienced an even larger 5 percent increase. This is especially notable during a year when many of the other top-ranked institutions in the nation experienced declines from the previous year.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie said the report is another indication that IU's increased emphasis on international engagement, through growth in institutional partnerships and competitive academic programs, is working.

“To be among the top five nationally in the number of students studying abroad, especially in these challenging economic times, is a major achievement, and we are extremely pleased that more IU students than ever before are choosing to add an international dimension to their educational experience,” said McRobbie, who has, in the past two years, signed agreements with leading institutions across Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia and India. “This international dimension, we are convinced, has never been more vital to our graduates’ success, and it is this belief that continues to drive our efforts to engage with elite institutions in all parts of the world so that we can create more meaningful overseas study opportunities for students and convince the best students from around the world to bring their valuable global perspectives to our campuses here in Indiana.”

Based on the number of international students enrolled at IU Bloomington in 2012-13, the campus maintained its record ranking at 10th in the nation, first achieved the previous year. In 2012-13, IU Bloomington enrolled the fifth largest number of undergraduate international students in the country. The campus ranked 32nd in terms of international graduate school and professional enrollment.

When non-enrolled students in the U.S. who receive post-degree university work experience are counted, Open Doors ranked IU Bloomington 13th overall in total international students in the U.S., out of more than 1,200 U.S. universities participating in the survey. The Bloomington campus hosted 6,015 international students in 2012-13, including in acclaimed programs offered by the Kelley School of Business, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences.

A total of 7,917 international students studied throughout the IU system, which represents an increase of 517 students, or 7 percent, from 2011-12. The number of international students includes a record total of 1,675 on the Indianapolis campus. With an 18 percent increase, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis reported the third-highest percentage growth of international students among 13 urban-serving peer institutions, advancing to eighth place among this group.

The Open Doors Report on International Educatio

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