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International Talent Retention in Michigan: A Pathway to National Competitiveness

Posted By: OISS    Published: Thursday, 05 Dec 2013

The Global Talent Retention Initiative (GTRI) and Global Detroit have shared their findings of a study conducted on international students who remained in Michigan upon graduation under their student visa. The recent study highlights the impact of retaining international students and their contribution to sustainable growth in Michigan.

Some key facts from the study:


  • Michigan's international students are choosing to stay in Michigan after graduation at three times the rate of out-of-state students (58% to 22%) and only slightly less than all students (58% to 63%).
  • International students using Optional Practical Training (OPT) are nearly as likely as domestic students attending Michigan universities to stay in Michigan after graduation.
  • 59.5% of the international students utilizing OPT are pursuing, or have received, a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

These important findings indicate that international students still desire to stay and contribute to the Michigan economy in important ways and, in fact, appear to be nearly as likely as domestic university students to stay in Michigan after graduation. To view the full report, click here (PDF)*Opens in new window.

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