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MSU jumps in number of international students

December 2, 2015

MSU is becoming increasingly popular with international students, according to a national report that found that MSU is ranked 282nd nationally in the number of international students on campus, a jump of 18 spots. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

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Montana State University is number 282 nationally in the number of international students on campus, according to a national accounting.

According to research conducted by the Institute of International Education, MSU jumped 18 spots among American universities.

David Di Maria, associate provost for international programs at MSU, said that this fall 712 international students enrolled at MSU, 56 more than the year before, or a growth rate of 8.86 percent.

“As one of the leading research universities in the nation, MSU attracts more of the world’s talent than any other institution in our state,” Di Maria said.  

He said that according to a recent economic analysis conducted by researchers at Indiana University and published by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, MSU’s international students contribute $22.7 million to the local Bozeman economy and support 286 jobs in the community.

“More importantly, these students bring unique perspectives to our classrooms, make important contributions to our research and develop deep understanding of the people of Montana while they help Montanans to better understand the many peoples of the world,” Di Maria said. “Such exchanges lay the foundation for community linkages, international business connections and friendly diplomatic relations between the United States and other nations.”

MSU appeared in both the recent U.S. News and World Report’s Best Global Universities ranking as well as the Times Higher Education World University Ranking, a ranking based in the United Kingdom. It is the first time the university has appeared in either list.

MSU international students hail from 72 countries across the globe. Countries most represented on the MSU campus include Brazil, Canada, China, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

David Di Maria (406) 994-4031 david.dimaria@montana.edu

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