Concordia University Wisconsin’s international student enrollment contributes $22.1 million to the state’s economy, more than any other private college in Wisconsin, according to the recently released 2023 Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange.

CUW now sits at third on the list of Wisconsin colleges where international enrollment has an impact on the state. This is the first time ever that Concordia’s 2022-23 international enrollment surpassed that of Marquette University. The 2023 Open Doors Report looks at school enrollment data from 2022-23.    

About the Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange

The Open Doors Report provides a critical benchmark on the state of international and U.S. higher education student mobility. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), along with the Institute of International Education (IIE), annually release the report during International Education Week, which Concordia celebrated a week early this year.

According to the report, CUW’s 2022-23 international enrollment also supported 214 jobs in Wisconsin. Nationwide, international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities contributed $40.1 billion and supported 368,33 jobs to the U.S. economy. For every three international students, one U.S. job is created and supported by spending occurring in the higher education, accommodation, dining, retail, transportation, telecommunications, and health insurance sectors.

Concordia’s reported international enrollment in 2022-23 was 659 students. This year, that total has nearly doubled.

Scenes from CUW’s International Education Week celebration

CUW opted to celebrate International Education Week (IEW) early this year to allow staff opportunity to travel to Concordia’s Ann Arbor campus and join in IEW festivities there.

Click below to view a gallery of photos from the week’s activities on the CUW campus.

About the Concordia International Center

Care to learn more about the Concordia International Center (CIC)? Everyone in the CIC has lived and studied abroad at some point in their lives, so they get how long and confusing the process of becoming an international student can be. That’s why they’re here to help, every step of the way.