Foreign Students Contributed More than $20 Billion to U.S. Economy Last Year

Nov 14, 2011, 12:23 ET from NAFSA: Association of International Educators

New state-by-state foreign student and study abroad data now available from NAFSA

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Foreign students and their families spent more than $20 billion in the United States during the 2010 – 2011 academic year, according to a new NAFSA report released today. California, New York, and Texas welcomed the largest numbers of foreign students, and those states and others across the country each saw a substantial benefit from spending by these students and their families on living expenses, tuition, and fees.

Study Abroad Numbers Released

The numbers of American students studying abroad recovered during the 2009 – 2010 academic year from a slight decline during the previous year, to 270,604, according to figures released today by the Institute of International Education. Less than 2 percent of American college students study abroad.

Student Diplomat Video Competition Enters Public Voting Phase

NAFSA and STA Travel, a NAFSA Global Partner, are inviting the public to help decide the winner of this year's Student Diplomat Video Contest. Short videos from the five finalists will be available for viewing starting Tuesday, November 15, on NAFSA's advocacy Web site at The challenge to contestants was to tell a compelling story, in less than 3 minutes, about how they became "student diplomats" while studying abroad, by making a difference in the lives of others, connecting in a meaningful way with people and cultures in other countries, and building long-lasting friendships and mutual understanding. The winner will be announced in early December.

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