The Collective Public Policy Voice of the Exchange Community

We believe that exchange programs make us safer abroad, stronger at home, open for business, and prepared for success.

International exchange programs are a key part of every day American life. Our communities, businesses, schools, and personal lives are made better by international exchange participants joining our communities and the multitude of international opportunities exchange programs provide Americans.

At the Alliance for International Exchange, our staff and 80+ members and supporters work tirelessly to show just how important exchange programs are to ensuring American’s safety and economic security.

If you believe in these programs and this America like we do, we encourage you to explore the below resources on the impact of exchange programs and share what you’ve learned with your communities and networks.

Having friends around the world strengthens our position in times of peace and crisis.  

  • 600+ current and former heads of government are alumni of U.S. exchange.
  • Exchanges strengthen our relationships with more than 100 countries every year.

If you don’t fully fund the State Department, please buy more ammunition for me because I’m going to need it.

General James N. Mattis

Former Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of State

At the heart of the American experience is community.  

  • 80% of surveyed Americans say that international exchange programs enhance the image of their community as a good place to live.
  • All 50 states host international exchange participants, who support the local economy during their stays.

A strong economy relies on strong exports and investments.  

  • International education is one of America’s top exports, adding $37.68 billion to the nation’s economy in 2021-22.
  • During the 2022-23 academic year, international students contributed $40.1 billion to the U.S. economy.

In our rapidly changing world, securing a competitive advantage is a must. 

  • In 2024, 87% of surveyed youth believe travel experiences increase employability.
  • In 2019, more than 31 million job openings required skills that a student gains while studying abroad.

“Study abroad is a valuable experience for many American college students who hope to become our country’s future leaders.”

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)