International reach

Barbour Scholars 1942-43. (Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library)

The University of Michigan can trace its global reach to the late 1840s and neighboring Canada, home of the first international student, and China, where Judson Collins — a member of the first graduating class — traveled as a missionary. This launched a legacy of global connections. President James B. Angell served the U.S. government as minister to China in 1880-81. The first student from Asia (Japan) enrolled in 1872, the first from Puerto Rico in 1877 and the first from Africa in 1884. By the early 1900s U-M was among the top three U.S. universities with Chinese student enrollment; the Barbour Scholarships have supported women students from Asian countries for nearly 100 years. Today, U-M routinely leads the country in students receiving Fulbright grants to study internationally.

— Photo and text are presented at the U-M Bicentennial website


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