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 […]

Alumni Narrative: Karthik

International student alumni in the U.S.: Making a difference at the community, state and national level 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 of ten individuals whose daily work in key areas contributes to U.S. communities and […]

Alumni Narrative: Noubar

International student alumni in the U.S.: Making a difference at the community, state and national level 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 of ten individuals whose daily work in key areas contributes to U.S. communities and […]

Alumni Narrative: Sen

International student alumni in the U.S.: Making a difference at the community, state and national level 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 of ten individuals whose daily work in key areas contributes to U.S. communities and […]

Alumni Narrative: Kavita

International student alumni in the U.S.: Making a difference at the community, state and national level 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 of ten individuals whose daily work in key areas contributes to U.S. communities and […]

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 […]

Alumni Narrative: Amit

International student alumni in the U.S.: Making a difference at the community, state and national level 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 of ten individuals whose daily work in key areas contributes to U.S. communities and […]

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 […]

Career Outcomes and Pathways of International Students and Alumni

It is only in recent years that research has begun to document the career outcomes and pathways of international students and alumni. The following resources include key evidence on the longer-term trajectory of international students that have studied in the U.S. and have either remained in the U.S. or returned home. Career Prospects and Outcomes […]