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Internationalization at the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan's commitment to internationalization is broad and deep. The University admitted its first international students in 1847, one from Mexico and one from Wales. Since the 1860s, foreign students have been part of the Law School's student body and international law has been part of the curriculum. Today there are well over 4,500 students from more than 115 countries on campus. This international student population is one of University's most valuable resources.

In fall 2008 (the most recent statistics available), more than 7,000 international students, scholars, faculty, and staff were studying or working at the University of Michigan. Based on 2007-08 data from the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors 2008 report, the University ranked sixth nationally among U.S. universities and third among public research institutions in terms of international students.

The University of Michigan is renowned for having the largest number of living alumni in the world, with over 460,000 people worldwide holding University degrees. The number of alumni living and working abroad is already large, representing 170 countries. The University's alumni are as geographically diverse as the student population on campus. To facilitate communication and networking with alumni abroad, the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan has created a list of international alumni contacts in about thirty countries.

The University of Michigan's commitment to global engagement: U-M will provide its students with a wide range of international educational opportunities to prepare them to be global citizens. Our students represent the next generation of leaders, inventors, problem solvers and teachers, and for them to be successful it is essential to understand the interconnectedness of our world. By enabling students, staff, and faculty to work collaboratively with partners across the globe, more informed, creative and incisive contributions will be made to the campus and the world.

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Source: Michigan Accreditation 2010 report,

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