ST. CLOUD - There's been a spike in international students coming to colleges in the United States, including here in Central Minnesota.

A new study says nearly 900,000 international students are now in the United States. According to the Institute of International Education, Minnesota is 19th in the nation with over 13,000 international students enrolled in colleges in 2013.

St. Cloud State University has seen an 8.8 percent increase in international students this year, with over 1,100 students enrolled. SCSU now has the second highest number of international students in the state, behind the University of Minnesota.

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University has also seen an increase, with more than 200 international students now enrolled.

The leading country of origin for foreign students in the state is China, making up 29.2 percent of students.


Institutions With Highest Number of Foreign Students 
(Institute of International Education)

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities: 6,178

St. Cloud State University: 1,117

Minnesota State University-Mankato: 885

Minnesota State University-Moorhead: 528

University of St. Thomas: 448


Leading Places Of Origin For Foreign Students in State
(Institute of International Education)

1) China - 29.2 percent
2) South Korea - 9.8 percent
3) India - 9.2 percent
4) Nepal - 5.1 percent
5) Saudi Arabia - 4.2 percent