Open Doors Report Shows 3.4 percent Increase in International Students Coming to the U.S.

The 2017 Open Doors Report shows a 3.4% increase in the number of international students coming to the U.S for higher education: 1,078,822 international students enrolled in United States higher education institutions in 2016/17 compared to 1,043,839 students in 2015/16. International students represent just over 5.3% of the more than 20 million students enrolled in U.S. higher education. China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Canada are the top five places of origin of international students in the U.S.

2018 Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day is a distinct opportunity for Alliance members to come together and educate Members of Congress about the value of exchanges in their respective districts and states. We are thrilled to welcome Advocacy Day veterans and newcomers alike to Washington, D.C. on March 7-8, 2018 at the Washington Court Hotel in downtown Washington, DC.

New NAFSA Economic Impact Analysis: International students contribute $36.9 Billion to the U.S Economy

New data recently released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators indicate that the more than one million international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities during the 2016-17 academic year contributed $36.9 billion to the U.S. economy, while at the same time supporting more than 450,000 jobs. These numbers represent a 12.4% increase in job support and creation and a 12.5% increase in dollars contributed to the economy compared to the previous academic year.

#Save J1

The Trump administration is considering eliminating five valuable J1 cultural exchange programs: Summer Work Travel, Intern, Trainee, Camp Counselor, and Au Pair.  We believe this is a grave mistake—elimination of these programs would hurt our public diplomacy efforts and have a negative impact on businesses, families, and communities in the United States.

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