International students, scholars, and their families are assets to academic and scientific innovation, public diplomacy, economic vitality, and national security. The United States must remain a welcoming nation to continue to benefit from these talented individuals. NAFSA stands ready to help our nation’s policymakers develop policies that would welcome the world’s best and brightest to our schools.
International students and scholars create jobs, drive innovation, enrich our classrooms, strengthen national security, and become America’s greatest foreign policy assets.
International Students Contribute to Our Economy and American Innovation
The latest data and statistics on how international students contribute to our economy and American innovation.
U.S. at Risk of Losing the Benefits of Talented International Students
The latest data and statistics on how the United States is at risk for losing the benefits of talented international students.
COVID-19 will surely accelerate the already declining number of new international student enrollments in the U.S. In the 2017-18 academic year, these students added nearly $41 billion and more than 458,000 jobs to the economy. Read NAFSA’s latest report outlining the dangers of declining enrollment of international students and scholars and calling on Congress to take action to reverse this alarming trend.