An international education does much more than open eyes and broaden perspectives. In an increasingly interdependent world, it is essential to fostering the global and cross-cultural knowledge and understanding necessary for effective U.S. leadership, competitiveness, and security.

Since early civilization, students and scholars have traveled to other lands to join scholarly communities outside their own home countries.

Commitment to Campus Internationalization
Through its strategic plan, NAFSA is committed to "establishing internationalization as an essential component of higher education."

Professional Resources

Leaders Speak Out about International Education
The more we know about each other, the more we learn about each other, the more we engage on differences that we have between our societies and between our social systems and between our political points of view, the better off we are. The more dialogue we have at every level, and especially at the academic level, where opinion-makers are located…the better off we are.
—Colin Powell, March 18, 2004

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Economic Impact Statements
Annually, NAFSA calculates the economic impact of international students and their dependents on the U.S. economy.

For Students
NAFSA does not offer scholarships, grants to students, or other financial assistance, but this resource provides information about where to begin your search for financial aid.