About International Education Week

IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Exchanges are critical to developing mutual understanding and respect, building leadership abroad, fostering an appreciation for the U.S., and investing in the future relationship between Americans and people around the world.


Facts about International Education

  • IEW was first started 13 years ago, and is now¬†celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.
  • 270,604 U.S. students studied abroad in 2009/10
  • 723,277 international students studied in the U.S. in 2010/11
  • International education prepares U.S. citizens to live, work, and compete in the global economy
  • International education is also a vital service industry, bringing more than $21 billion into the U.S. economy in 2010/11