With capital at Jefferson City, Missouri is one of the lesser populated city of US. The weather is tropical with humid, hot summers and chilly winters. There are extreme bouts of weather at periods. The population of the state has been steadily rising from less than five million to a high of more than six million in the time span of fifteen years from the 80s to the present times. This is mostly due to employment generation that has created this migration.
Lead by Missouri state university in Columbia; this US state has total 13 universities with four-year graduation courses. Apart from this, there are also 20 two-year colleges. The colleges have merit based scholarships for all students with outstanding performance in their SAT exams. There are also some of the private universities apart from state universities, which have a standing reputation among the nation's colleges and even in the international arena. The fees are quite low in state universities, but then entrance is also quite tough as it has some reservations for the state.
In the year 2011, according to the IIE, there were ~15,000 international students in the state of Missouri with most of the students from countries namely, China, India, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Taiwan. The University of Missouri in Columbia, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Washington University in St. Louis are the top university that enrolls the maximum number of international students.
The state universities are quite low in fees and for a non-resident of Missouri it reaches to ~$10,500 but this is a state university figure. For an international student easier to enter is a private university and but the cost of such university is much higher. The cost ranges around $35,000. This includes the expense of nearly $8,000 for residential and boarding purposes. This cost is quite reasonable at the national level and is around 10-15% less than national average. Some of the more reputed private universities charge higher than this figure by nearly 20% in some cases but then their standard both in international and domestic level is much respected.
The living expense in Missouri is 7th lowest in the country making it a perfect place for foreign students.
The state is more inclined to industry and more importantly among them are transportation and aerospace equipment. Chemicals, machinery, metal fabrication are some of the other industries, which have a strong presence in the state. Engineering is a good career option for working in such industries, and there are other necessities of an educated workforce. Mining is another industry that is quite promising in Missouri and agriculture has maintained the stand that it was holding a century ago.
Education, Engineering, and Law are three of the most sought after professions in different cities of Missouri. Apart from that, there are a machinist, fitter and other such jobs that are also in great demand. Since the industry is vital, there has been a steady rise in engineering jobs with an annual growth of 18% in the state.