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September + October 2017

Dollars and Sense
Stephen Pelletier
International students are often seen through the lens of short-term economic benefit, but a look at longer-term data show how powerfully they infuse their intellectual capital into the United States.
More Mobility, More Competition
Mark Toner
Amid a newly challenging recruiting environment, U.S. institutions will need to leverage all of their competitive advantages to meet their enrollment goals and sustain their global preeminence.
Finding Your Way
Millennials and the young professionals of Generation Z wondering how to develop a career in international education are encountering a field that has changed considerably and that continues to evolve.

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The IE Interview
Alan Ruby: Theory and Reality
Charlotte West
Alan Ruby, a senior fellow and senior scholar of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, shares his perspective on the state of the field and why research findings must guide its practice.
Practice Area Column
International Students and Scholars
Making Adjustments
Menachem Wecker
To help these students succeed and feel welcome, institutions create networks of student services aimed at supporting them in ways both small and large.
Practice Area Column
Education Abroad
Making It Fresh
Charlotte West
Education abroad has traditionally been seen as something that students pursue only when they become juniors or seniors, but administrators are increasingly encouraging sophomores and even freshmen to go abroad.
Practice Area Column
International Enrollment Management
Root and Branch
John T. Crist
Among the many thousands of types of cross-border educational collaborations, the international branch campus is the most substantial and elaborate.
Global Spotlight: Vietnam
Meredith Bell
Vietnam’s rapid economic growth, youth, and wealth have highlighted it as a nation to watch.
Practice Area Column
International Education Leadership
Leading Into Africa
Jenny Rogers
Many U.S. colleges and universities are revising their international student recruitment approaches to reach more students in Africa.

About International Educator

International Educator is NAFSA’s flagship publication and has been published continually since 1990. As a record of the association and the field of international education, IE includes articles on a variety of topics, trends, and issues facing NAFSA members and their work. 

From in-depth features to interviews with thought leaders and columns tailored to NAFSA’s knowledge communities, IE provides must-read context and analysis to those working around the globe to advance international education and exchange.


NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. NAFSA's 10,000 members are located at more than 3,500 institutions worldwide, in over 150 countries.