International students spiked 5 percent, spent $500 million last year

Missouri universities experienced a 5 percent increase in international student enrollment during the 2013-14 academic year, and the state ranked 12th nationally in number of students from abroad, according to a report from the Institute of International Education.

Those students had a substantial economic impact on the state, spending more than $500 million in Missouri during the 2013-14 academic year, according to NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

The Institute of Open Education report lists Missouri’s top five schools by number of international students as the University of Missouri (2,576); Washington University (2,449); Missouri State University (1,635); the University of Missouri-Kansas City (1,415); and the Missouri University of Science and Technology (1,371).

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