House SFOPS amendment threatens to eliminate funding for DOS educational and cultural exchange programs
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With only four legislative days left before the end of the fiscal year, Congress is still far from a funding deal. The Alliance’s Andrea Bodine provides a primer on how international exchange programs might be impacted by a government shutdown.
The dynamic landscape of international education has been marked this year by a powerful paradox: aspiring international students are displaying a renewed interest in studying in the U.S., yet this enthusiasm is met with a growing struggle to secure visas. A dichotomy emerges – while U.S. enrollments are surging for the first time since the pandemic, a shadow looms as visa denials rise. Collectively, these elements shape the trajectory of international student mobility, offering insights into the United States’ public diplomacy impact and its role as a competitive global player.
For the first time, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Export Strategy identifies international education as a top export priority. The report outlines the significant economic contributions that stem from international education (in 2022, U.S. exports of education-related travel totaled $37.68 billion, a 17% increase from the year prior) and five novel approaches to promoting education and exchange opportunities in the U.S.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s diplomatic meetings in China this past weekend included high-level discussions of international educational and exchange ties between the two countries.