Let's Celebrate Like It's International Education Week

November 16, 2009

By Katie O'Connell

Today marks the beginning of International Education Week 2009, an exciting week for NAFSA and the international education community.

NAFSA is celebrating International Education Week (IEW) with the release of new data on international education, including our annual Economic Impact Statements.  The statements reveal that international students and their dependents continue to make significant contributions to local and state economies.  Despite the economic downturn, they spent a notable $17.6 billion in the United States during the 2008-2009 academic year, an increase of nearly $2 billion over the 2007-2008 academic year.  Read about the other new data and resources.

The Economic Impact Statements are a valuable tool for making the case for the positive impact of international students on campuses, at the state level, and nationally.  Stay tuned for more blog posts this week as we break down the data region by region.  You can expect to hear from NAFSA members from the West, Notheast, South, and Midwest throughout the week on how international education makes a positive impact on their communities.  Feel free to chime in with your own stories!

You can also share what you are doing for IEW on our Facebook event page.  All week, colleges and universities around the country are offering activities and events to showcase how international education advances learning, builds understanding, and enhances constructive leadership in our global community.  The government is getting involved too – IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. State Department and Department of Education (read more at iew.state.gov) and over 30 governors have issued proclamations honoring IEW.  Learn more at www.nafsa.org/iew and enjoy the week.