Why Internationalize?

International students meeting at college in the United States of AmericaThe 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 2017 EducationUSA Forum, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon stated, “As they study in U.S. classrooms, students from other countries develop ties with their American peers and the U.S. communities in which they live and study. And as these students go on to become leaders in science and technology, business and commerce, the arts, civil society and government, they also become a network of international colleagues, well positioned to collaborate in addressing the shared global challenges of the 21st century. While increased international student mobility between any two nations is a positive trend, we must ensure American institutions remain the leaders in attracting the top global talent so that we can play an even greater role in the development of the next cohort of world leaders. The one million international students in the United States comprise less than 5% of the total U.S. higher education enrollment. In the 2014–15 academic year, just over 300,000 American students studied abroad. We have ample room to grow both of these figures, and, in doing so, benefit citizens and communities across the world."

International students and their families also benefit 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.