The U.S. Department of State and Department of Education recently issued the first ever coordinated national approach to international education through its Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education. In remarks at the EducationUSA Forum on July 26, 2021, Secretary Blinken and Secretary Cardona announced their shared commitment to promoting international education, while highlighting the benefits of global academic engagement for the United States as a whole.

Read the Alliance’s statement on the announcement below:

“The Alliance enthusiastically supports the Joint Statement of Principles on international education issued by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on July 26, 2021. The U.S. Departments of State and Education’s shared commitment to promoting international education is a welcome initiative that includes actions seeking to implement a coordinated strategy for international students studying in the U.S. and Americans studying abroad, expand access to international education opportunities, and incorporate international education as part of our recovery from the pandemic. 

We also urge the Departments of State and Education to include the following recommendations as part of its strategy on international education.  

  • An approach to recruiting international students that encourages diversity both domestically and internationally by engaging a broader number of U.S. institutions and attracting students from a wider range of countries and regions around the world.
     
  • The inclusion of post-secondary, accredited English language programs in the U.S., which are an important facet of international education.
     
  • The incorporation of a range of U.S. programs in which international students participate, such as Intern; Optional Practical Training; and Summer, Work and Travel.”