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.

 >> Read the Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education, issued July 26, 2021 by the Department of State and Department of Education, with support of the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security

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.

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. 

Watch Secretary Blinken's July 26, 2021 remarks to the 2021 EducationUSA Forum