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Exploding number of international students at Michigan universities causes both tension and cultural exchange benefits

November 16, 2012

Two Michigan universities rank in the top 10 nationally for the number of international students, prompting some to praise the state and others to question whether the schools should set aside more slots for in-state students. Michigan ranks ninth for the most foreign students in the nation. Michigan had 25,551 international students at its colleges and universities in the 2011-2012 academic year, up 3.6 percent from the previous year, according to 2012 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Nationally, the number of international students grew by 6 percent to a record high of 764,495. The University of Michigan ranked eighth for the most international students, followed by Michigan State University in ninth. In the Michigan, Wayne State University is listed in the third position with 2,216.