Protect International Education
Urge the White House to Adopt a National Strategy for International Education
The United States must increase its efforts to attract and retain the world’s best and brightest and ensure domestic students have access to opportunities that keep them competitive and equipped to collaborate across borders. A coordinated federal commitment to international education will ensure the United States has the talent pool necessary to innovate and engage with the world.
Urge Your Elected Officials to Diversify and Expand Study Abroad
International experiences like study abroad help students succeed in their careers and collectively contribute to a more innovative, secure, and prosperous United States. Yet fewer than 10 percent of U.S. college students study abroad before they graduate. The bipartisan Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act promises to be a game-changer in terms of expanding access to the critical skills that study abroad experiences provide. Urge your elected officials to cosponsor the bill when it is introduced.
Ask Your Lawmakers to Help Attract Attract and Retain International Students
Attracting the best and the brightest students from around the world contributes immeasurably to U.S. preeminence in academic research and scientific innovation. However, trends indicate our country is losing this valuable resource as other countries implement more welcoming policies. Urge your lawmakers to support immigration law changes to enable the U.S. to compete for global talent.
Ask Your Lawmakers to Support Funding for International and Exchange Programs
Urge your lawmakers' support for robust funding of international education and exchange programs as part of FY2024 appropriations, specifically $855 million for the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and $173.6 million for the Education Department’s Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs. This funding would help the U.S. recruit global talent and create more opportunities for U.S. students to gain a global education.
Speak out for students, scholars, and policies that matter to you! Educate Congress on how international education impacts your state and district and why we need a more globally engaged and welcoming United States.
Advocate of the Year
The Advocate of the Year Award is given annually to recognize an individual who has excelled in grassroots advocacy for international education and has inspired others to get involved. The 2023 Award was presented during Advocacy Day in March.