Logo for: President's Alliance Higher Education & Immigration

This section includes useful data tools that can be used to understand various immigrant and international student communities. Please note that, although the Higher Ed Immigration Portal is compiling this list as a resource, all specific questions about the tools should be directed to the relevant organization. 

International Students

NAFSA’s economic impact analysis

Developed by: NAFSA

Summary/Explanation: NAFSA conducts an annual state-by-state and congressional district analysis of the economic contributions of international students and their families to the U.S. economy. This tool enables users to explore the economic impact of international students across US states.

Open Doors data on international educational exchange

Developed by: IIE (with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)

Summary/Explanation: Open Doors is a comprehensive and longitudinal source of data on international students and scholars coming to the U.S., and American students studying abroad.

SEVIS Data Mapping tool

Developed by: Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Summary/Explanation: The SEVIS Data Mapping Tool is an interactive map that illustrates trends and information on international students studying in the United States using data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). The map is updated with information from SEVIS every quarter and includes information on: Where international students come from; who international students are (male/female ratios); and what level of education international students enroll in.

Additional Resources

The Pew Research Center Tools and Resources

Developed by: The Pew Research Center

Summary/Explanation: The Pew Research Center includes a number of different data resources to understand national and global trends pertaining to demographics, politics, migration and immigration.