• Patrick Martin

International students at FSU

A recent news release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stated that students with certain visas "may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States," saying, "The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States."


The Torchlight Center aims to inform the discussion of this policy by providing the university community with this data brief, which outlines the number of international FSU students.


In 2018, the year with the most recent data available, FSU had 2,416 international students.


Table: Number of students on visas, by type of visa in 2018

Source: Center for Global Engagement


For undergraduates, 449, or 1.38% were at FSU on some kind of visa.

For graduate students, 1,119, or 13.89%, were here on some kind of visa.

5.79% of all students were here on some kind of visa in 2018.

The totals used to calculate percentages are from the Office of Institutional Research.


Table: Number of international students by student classification in 2018

Source: Center for Global Engagement


Most notably, 6.69% of all Master's students were here on visa, and

30.83% of all Doctoral students were international students.


The totals used to calculate percentages are from the Office of Institutional Research. Where percentages are blank, the corresponding total data could not be found.


The full report of international student enrollment can be found at the Center for Global Engagement's website.

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