Policy Trends and Data

NAFSA believes international education leads to a better, more peaceful world. In pursuit of our vision, NAFSA produces, analyzes, and tracks the latest trends and data for members, our partners, and public officials. These relevant resources provide context and perspective to the global policy environment.

NAFSA International Student Economic Value Tool

International students contribute well beyond their classrooms, campuses, and communities. NAFSA conducts an annual state and congressional district analysis of the dollar and job creation contributions by international students.

Trends in U.S. Study Abroad

NAFSA provides a detailed overview of study abroad statistics, including breakdowns by field of study and host region. While participation and diversity have increased, the student population embracing study abroad opportunities remains at only one percent of all students at U.S. colleges and universities, with minority students still greatly underrepresented.

Prominent Global Students

The international learning experience - culture, language, global perspective - profoundly shapes the lives and career paths of students who study abroad. Examples of global students who have risen to prominence in politics, performing arts, business, journalism, literature, are numerous. Discover who these global students are, where they traveled, and how the experience affected them.

Election 2016 Public Opinion Poll

NAFSA commissioned a national poll to determine American attitudes on study abroad. According to the American public, a global learning component was found to be essential to a modern higher education experience.

Independent Research Measuring the Impact of Study Abroad

Study abroad students discover the rewards exceed beyond their time abroad, with improved classroom performance and advantages in the job market among the benefits. NAFSA collects notable independent studies on the impact of study abroad here.

A History of NAFSA's Policy Work on Study Abroad

A History of NAFSA's Policy Work on International Students and Scholars