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Bringing Life to Foreign Policy: Summer Work Travel and Camp Counselor Program Impact Webinar

What do a water park in Wildwood, New Jersey and a summer camp in Wilmot, New Hampshire have in common? They both engage with and benefit...

Announcing new local advocacy initiative: Summer of Action

The Alliance is excited to announce a new local advocacy initiative for members, supporters, and exchange stakeholders: Summer of Action. #ExchangesStartHere #StrongerCommunities #GlobalConnections

Building Champions One Meeting at a Time: Advocacy Day 2024

By: Andrea Bodine  Nearly a month ago now, Alliance members arrived in Washington DC to raise their voices in support of international...

Same Number, Different Story: Takeaways from the President’s FY25 Budget Request

The FY25 request includes a proposed 1% increase ($656 million) for the IA Budget from the FY23 adjusted enacted level, raising it to $64.4 billion. Within that funding, Educational and Cultural Exchange Program (ECE) funding has been allocated $777.5 million (DOS Budget Appendix, pg. 751-752), which is the same amount as the current FY23 enacted level.

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...

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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