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March 27, 2015

International Education Day at the Capitol set for March 31

Hundreds of international and study-abroad students will gather in Jefferson City for International Education Day  at the Capitol Tuesday, March 31. More than 300 students and their advisers from colleges and universities across Missouri’s are expected to attend the day-long event.

International Education Day is hosted annually by the Study Missouri Consortium, a group 40 of colleges and universities in Missouri working together to promote international education and highlight the importance of cultural exchange.

During the event, students will have an opportunity to witness Missouri’s legislative process, tour the Capitol, meet with state lawmakers and share their experiences with other international students.

“International Education Day gives students a chance to see our government up close and meet other students from around the world who chose to study in our state,” said Karla McCollum, chair of the Study Missouri Consortium.

Missouri ranks 12th in the nation in the number of international students enrolled in the state’s colleges and universities. During the 2013-14 academic year, 18,200 international students attended college in Missouri, according to the Institute of International Education. Nearly 5,000 Missouri students studied abroad.

The Study Missouri Consortium sponsors a photo contest each year as part of International Education Day. The winning photos taken by international and study-abroad students will be on display in the Capitol rotunda.

For more information about the Study Missouri Consortium, visit www.studymissouri.net/.