For the sixth year in a row, the State of Ohio is a top ten destination for foreign students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education, according to the 2015 Open Doors Report
released earlier this week. The rankings include all 50 states and Washington D.C., with Ohio ranked #8. This year there are 35,761 foreign students studying in the state, representing an increase of 10% from last year’s report.
The benefits of having so many international students are not limited to the classroom. While Ohio’s students have the opportunity to expand their international network and global perspectives by building relationships with foreign classmates, all Ohioans benefit from the estimated $1.02 billion spent in the state by international students.
“In Ohio, our students are our future leaders,” says Molly Watkins, Executive Director for International Affairs. “By continuously increasing the number of international students in the state, we are ensuring that the future movers and shakers of Ohio are creating strong relationships and shared perspectives with future leaders around the world.”
While international students studying in Ohio come from all over the world, the largest number of students hail from China (39.7%), India (15.1%), Saudi Arabia (13.7%), South Korea (3.8%), and Kuwait (1.7%). Case Western Reserve University is becoming a popular destination for foreign students in Ohio, with 18.9% of our students enrolling from abroad. The top area of study for international students at CWRU is Engineering and Engineering Related Technologies.
The number of students studying abroad is increasing as well, outpacing the national average. The number of students studying abroad from Ohio universities increased by 11.5% in 2013-14, as opposed to the 5% increase seen nationwide.
“Studying abroad not only provides an understanding of another culture and a perspective on our own, it is also a boost as students are beginning their careers,” explains David Fleshler, Vice Provost for International Affairs. “The experience is often the difference in a student landing his or her first job, because employers like to see students who can successfully navigate new and challenging environments.”
CWRU, ranked 20th
among the nation’s top 40 doctorate-granting universities in the percentage of undergraduate students studying abroad, is proud to be a leader in the efforts to internationalize Ohio’s higher education system.