Why Internationalize?

The U.S. Department of State promotes the United States as the leading higher education destination for students around the world, and maintaining that position is a priority.

International students enrich U.S. universities and communities with unique perspectives and experiences that expand the horizons of American students and makes U.S. institutions more competitive in the global economy. The knowledge and skills students develop on campus prepare them to become the next generation of world leaders who can work across languages, cultures, and borders to solve shared global challenges.

At the 2013 EducationUSA Forum, Secretary of State John Kerry stated, "The international students who learn in our classrooms enrich our campuses and our country. And when the 765,000 international students who studied in the United States last year return home, the bonds that they have built here and the friendships that they have forged will last a lifetime."

International students and their families also benefit to the United States economy: The Economic Benefits of International Education to the United States of America: A Statistical Analysis (NAFSA) articulates these benefits and suggests ways to promote the value of campus internationalization to the academic community.

We hope you agree that campus internationalization not only strengthens your academic programs, but benefits our economy, increases cultural understanding, and will ultimately lead to a brighter future for our globalized world.