NAFSA releases 2012 economic impact statement and study abroad participation reports

International students and their families contributed more than $21.81 billion to the U.S. economy last year, according to an economic impact statement for the academic year 2011-12, released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators today.

To help advocates make the case for international education locally, the report also includes a breakdown of the economic impact by state, congressional district, and institution. These economic contributions are, of course, in addition to the many other benefits that international students bring to U.S. campuses and communities, NAFSA notes.

NAFSA also published a report on trends in U.S. study abroad, noting that for those who are on a college or university campus, this information is important to share with their Federal and/or State Relations Office to advocate for the importance of international education. The report shows that the number of students studying abroad still represents about 1% of all students enrolled at institutions of higher education in the United States.