International Quick Facts and Rankings

Quick facts

International students

  • 5,904 international students* (fall 2020)
    • 2,983 undergraduate
    • 2,811 graduate/professional
    • 110 special (visiting/non-degree)
  • As of fall 2020, 13% of the total student body was international students

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

Top 5 origins for international students (2019-2020)

  • China
  • India
  • Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Malaysia

Study abroad, study away, and international internships

  • 1,601 students studying abroad (2019-2020)
  • 85 students interning abroad–all virtual  (2020-2021)

Top locations for study abroad

  • Spain
  • Italy
  • England
  • Australia
  • France

Top locations for international internships

  • Spain
  • Japan
  • China
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica

8 National Resource Centers at UW-Madison

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

265 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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