The International Education Week (IEW) 2019 was an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchanges worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.
The annual ECA-funded Open Doors report is a definitive survey on international and U.S. higher education student mobility. The briefing offers the public and members of the media access to the newest data available from the annual ECA-funded Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, published by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Report highlights include survey results on international and U.S. student mobility, the top sending and receiving countries, and statistics on student demographics.
The Institute of International Education has been collecting and disseminating comprehensive and reliable data on international academic mobility since the Institute was founded in 1919 and ECA began funding this report in 1972.
This year the State Department is thrilled to share that for the fourth consecutive year the Open Doors Report shows that over 1 million international students have decided to further their education in the United States. Promoting educational exchange between nations is vital to our country’s economic competitiveness and national security.
International students have a major positive impact on American communities, enriching U.S. classrooms with new perspectives contributing over $45 billion to the U.S. economy, and supporting over 455,000 U.S. jobs last year.
Receiving international students from diverse backgrounds at U.S. institutions and encouraging U.S. students to study abroad strengthens ties between the United States and countries around the world, developing the relationships between people and communities are necessary to solve global challenges.