International Quick Facts and Rankings

Quick facts

International students

  • 6,865 international students* (2022-2023)
    • 3,389 undergraduate
    • 3,190 graduate/professional
    • 286 special (visiting/non-degree)
  • 14% of the total student body for 2022-2023 was international students

*International students defined as those with specific status requiring visas.

Top origins for international students (2022-2023)

  • China
  • India
  • Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Malaysia

Study abroad

  • 1,850 students studying abroad (2021-2022)

Top locations for study abroad

  • Spain
  • Italy
  • England
  • Denmark
  • France

8 National Resource Centers at UW-Madison

15,146 registered international alumni (as of Jan. 2021)

250 active agreements with institutions worldwide

Data and rankings provided for most recent years available. Some official figures are reported 1-2 years behind current year.

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#41 Best Global Universities

U.S. News and World Report, 2022

#27 Top Global Universities

Center for World University Rankings, 2022

#2  Historically Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities

Peace Corps, 2023

#1 students earning a bachelor’s degree in a language other than English

Chronicle of Higher Education, 2018-2019

#3 Fulbright Top Producing Institution for U.S. Scholars

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 2022-2023