The Collective Public Policy Voice of the Exchange Community

Ensuring Programmatic Integrity: Commenting on the Au Pair Proposed Regulation

By Mark Overmann A critical area of the Alliance’s advocacy efforts is engaging in the Department of State’s regulatory processes. When...

Meeting Unfulfilled Demand: $808.6 million for exchange programs in FY25

The Appropriations Working Group recently decided on an ask of $808.6 million for DOS educational and cultural exchanges (ECE) in FY25. Here’s how we arrived at that number.

Open Position: Assistant Director and Head of Advocacy and Government Relations

The Assistant Director and Head of Advocacy and Government Relations plays a critical role in the Alliance’s advocacy and government relations work on behalf of the U.S. international exchange community, as well as in the development and management of member services. The Assistant Director develops strategies for Congressional advocacy and maintains a wide range of Capitol Hill and federal agency contacts to encourage policies and legislation favorable to international education and exchange. The position further monitors, analyzes, and reports legislative and executive developments and plays a core role in the Alliance’s policy development. As the second-ranking member of a small staff, the Assistant Director plays a key leadership role in Alliance strategy, Board of Directors relations, member engagement, and the general management of the association.

Building Unity and Community: Reflections on 2023

Happy 30th anniversary to the Alliance!  Three decades is no small feat. The Alliance’s longevity is a testament to the resilience of its...

Announcing the U.S for Success Coalition – A Multisector Initiative to Elevate International Student Success in the United States

The Alliance is excited to join our partners and fellow champions of international education and cultural exchange in launching the U.S....

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Impact Numbers


U.S. employers put significant value on international experience when hiring

million hours of community service were completed by exchange participants and U.S. hosts

billion dollars were contributed to the U.S. economy by International students

thousand members of the J1 visa program community