International Education Week 2012

November 12-16, 2012

This year marks the 13th annual International Education Week (IEW), sponsored by the U.S. Departments of State and Education.

College campuses and universities around the world are celebrating with events and activities that showcase how international education connects people across borders, builds cross-cultural understanding, prepares students with vital global skills, and helps creates a more peaceful world.

What You Can Do

International students contributed more than $21.8 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2011–2012 academic year, according to NAFSA’s Economic Impact Statements released this week. The analysis breaks down the data by state, congressional district, and higher education institution. New study abroad data is now available from NAFSA, including a study abroad demographics chart and a breakdown of the percentage of college students in each state who studied abroad in 2010–2011, allowing institutions and state leaders to gauge how they compare with national trends. These new reports are great resources to share with your campus federal and state relations officers, as well as local media, to illustrate the value of international education to communities across the country.

From now until November 27, you can vote for the best study abroad video in the 2012 Student Diplomat Video Contest.

How are you celebrating? Share with us what you’re doing on Facebook or send a tweet with the hashtag #IEW2012.

More Ways to Celebrate

How has your life been affected by international education?

Do you know people who have a passion for international education?

How much do you know about the history of international education?