The Essential Role of Practical Training in U.S. Higher Education and the Innovation Economy: Insights from a Survey of Current, Former, and Prospective International Students

International students play important roles to the United States—enriching campuses with diverse perspectives, fostering job creation, and providing a source of talent for American employers. Annually, more than one million students choose to study in the U.S., with nearly 200,000 graduates opting to stay and further hone their skills through Optional Practical Training (OPT). This […]

Leveraging the Positive Impacts of U.S. Higher Education as an Immigration Pathway

Leveraging the Positive Impacts of U.S. Higher Education as an Immigration Pathway: The Role of Foreign-born Campus Leaders and Faculty For at least the past two centuries and especially since the mid-1960’s, when the doors of U.S. academia were opened more widely to global talent as a result of immigration reform, foreign-born faculty and leaders1 with […]

International Students and Post-study Work Opportunities In The U.S.: Necessary but Vulnerable

Countries that are top destinations for international students are able to attract global talent primarily due to a high-quality postsecondary education system, but also because of the availability of valuable post-study opportunities to gain practical training and professional experience. Such opportunities are critical for international students as a way to engage in experiential learning related […]

International Student Alumni: Clarisza Runtung

International Student Alumni: Clarisza Runtung In Their Own Words By Dorna Maryam Movasseghi Current and former international students live and work across the entire U.S., in large cities as well as small towns. Here we share the stories and journeys of individuals whose daily work in key areas contributes or will contribute to U.S. communities […]

5 Things to Know About Optional Practical Training (OPT) for International Students

Optional Practical Training (OPT) allows graduates to gain valuable hands-on experience and begin contributing their education and training to the U.S. immediately. More than a million students from around the globe attended universities to obtain their higher education degrees and without OPT many would have to leave the U.S. in order to use their skills […]

Did You Know: Five Facts About International Students in the U.S.

International students are a critical population within the higher education sector in the U.S., attending colleges and universities across the country and pursuing various fields of study. International students have studied in the U.S. since the 19th century. Their perspectives help globalize U.S. higher education and make it world-class. Yet, despite their important role in […]

Optional Practical Training (OPT): A Key Driver to Study in the U.S.

Summary International students benefit not only our colleges and universities, but also U.S. businesses, organizations, and the wider economy. Optional Practical Training (OPT), an experiential learning opportunity and work program available to international students upon the completion of their studies, is a key channel through which highly skilled immigrants contribute to American higher education and […]