Resources for Colleges and Universities Supporting Afghan Newcomers in the U.S.

Fact Sheet: Higher Ed Afghan Response Colleges and universities can provide much-needed protection and support for Afghan newcomers. Supporting access to higher education is at the core of the higher education mission. In supporting and enrolling Afghan refugee students, U.S. colleges and universities can improve refugee integration outcomes, expand access to higher education for refugee students, […]

Alumni Narrative: Shabnam Fayyaz

Refugee students and alumni in the U.S. share their experience and perspective. Current and former students from refugee backgrounds face a number of obstacles accessing higher education in the U.S. Here we share their experiences, their perspectives on the proposed university sponsorship initiative, and celebrate their contributions to U.S. campuses and communities. Shabnam came to […]

U.S. Education Pathways for Refugee Students

The need for collective action to support refugee students could not be greater. Forced displacement has doubled in the past decade, and 2021 is likely to be another record-setting year in terms of the number of people forced to flee their homes. At the same time, fewer than one percent of refugees are resettled each […]

Reopening the United States to International Students

Reopening the United States to International Students. The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting United States policies related to travel and immigration restrictions continue to severely restrict the flow of international students to the U.S. While universities have rapidly adapted to ensure safe instruction for domestic students, many international students are unable to enter the country […]

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 […]

Public Opinion and Perceptions About International Students in the U.S.

This section highlights key resources related to prevailing attitudes about international students based on public opinion polls. Most of the surveys below show that a majority of Americans express positive support for the presence and retention of international students. Findings from NP Strategy’s monthly omnibus survey of 800+ respondents in August 2020 in partnership with […]

The Role of International Students in U.S. Innovation and Global Competitiveness

International students are central to U.S. innovation, progress, and its ability to compete globally. The following resources illustrate the different ways in which international students contribute to science and innovation in the U.S. Open Countries have strong science: In this article in the journal Nature, leading researchers Carole Wagner and Koen Jonkers provide evidence to […]

Helpful Resources About International Students in the U.S.

We encourage you to use the resources below to better understand the context of international students in the U.S., including: an overview and history of international students in the U.S.; perceptions and attitudes about international students in the U.S.; the educational and cultural needs of international students and how to improve their experiences; the career […]

Overview and History of International Students in the U.S.

This section highlights three key resources about the history and evolution of international students in the U.S., as well as an overview of what this population looks like today.  Exchange rates: A history of international students in the U.S.: This video by the Wall Street Journal captures the history and growth of international students in […]