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International students up in Minnesota

Posted by: Maura Lerner Updated: November 11, 2013 - 11:25 AM

It's probably no surprise that the U of M is the state's biggest magnet for foreign students: last year, the Twin Cities campus alone drew 6,178 international students, according to a new report from the Institute of International Education.

But the next three schools with the largest influx of foreign students are outside the metro area:

St. Cloud State University: 1,215

Minnesota State University Mankato: 885

Minnesota State Universitiy Moorhead: 528

The University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, rounded out the top five, with 448 international students.

In all, Minnesota ranked 19th in the nation, with 13,232 foreign students, an increase of 3.9 percent last year.

Nationally, more than 819,000 international students studied in the U.S. last year, up 7 percent from the year before, according to the full report, called Open Doors 2013.

And where do they come from? The top five countries are China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada.

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