Alliance CommentaryAnalysis of the latest news around Washington, D.C. and the exchange community from Alliance staff and members.
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. for Success Coalition, an initiative that aims to foster international student success in the United States. By welcoming...
Washington, D.C. – October 31, 2023 – Yesterday, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register regarding the federal au pair cultural exchange program....
Driven by a passion for promoting intercultural understanding through meaningful face-to-face exchanges, Jaime Fahy joined One To World four years ago, and went on to take on a number of roles and projects at the organization. Jaime is now the Managing Director at...
House SFOPS amendment threatens to eliminate funding for DOS educational and cultural exchange programs
Tell your Rep to oppose amendment to eliminate DOS exchange funding: https://www.votervoice.net/EXCHANGE/campaigns/107854/respond
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.
Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have completed their subcommittee and full committee markups of their respective State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) bills in recent weeks. Educational and cultural exchanges were funded at $700.95M (approx. 10% decrease) by the House bill and $779.5M (approx. 0.25% increase) by the Senate bill. See the chart below for more details and a comparison with the President’s budget request and current enacted level.
Haldis Toppen, Communications Director at Greenheart International, reflects on the creation of Exchange Day, how its changed over the years, and how Greenheart is celebrating the day this year.
Nominations for the 2023 McCarry Leadership Award are now live! Young professionals committed to the exchange field and looking for opportunities to grow in their work, as well as supervisors of exceptional young professionals are encouraged to review the award materials and submit applications no later than Friday, September 8.
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.