Press Releases

Press releases by the Alliance. For media Inquiries, contact Laine Cavanaugh at

Alliance requests flexibility for international students

Washington, D.C. – On July 6, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced guidance for international students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester, affecting F-1 and M-1 visa students. As institutions adapt to educating students...

COVID-19 Information

We share your concerns as the situation regarding COVID-19 rapidly evolves. The Alliance remains committed to the health, safety, and welfare of international exchange sponsors, participants, and the general public. Please follow links below for key resources on the...

People for International Exchange

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the international exchange community is facing overwhelming challenges. As the situation evolves, it is more important now than ever to connect to stakeholders in the exchange community.

ILR Piece on Summer Work Travel Fatally Flawed

Executive Director of the Alliance for International Exchange, Ilir Zherka, released a statement today in response to the International Labor Recruitment’s piece entitled “Shining A Light on Summer Work.” “Shining A Light on Summer Work” unfortunately is a poorly...

New NAFSA Economic Impact Analysis: International students contribute $39 Billion to the U.S Economy

New data recently released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators indicate that the more than one million international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities during the 2017-18 academic year contributed $39 billion to the U.S. economy, while at the same time supporting more than 450,622 jobs. These numbers represent a 1.2% increase in job support and creation and a 5.8% increase in dollars contributed to the economy compared to the previous academic year.