Did you know international exchange contributed an estimated $22.7 billion to the U.S. economy in fiscal year 2011-2012? Or that California is ranked #1 in the U.S. for the number of international students in its colleges and universities? Click on your state on the interactive map below to explore expertly collected data on the contributions international exchange has made to American communities and the economy.

Impact of Exchange Programs in the United States

Download the State-by-State Facts for Washington, D.C. and other U.S. states below.

Open Doors, supported by a grant from the Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, provides a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities.

Every year, U.S. embassies, the Departments of State, Commerce, and Education, and U.S. colleges and universities use Open Doors data to inform policy decisions about educational exchanges, trade in educational services and study abroad activity.

Sources for ECA’s impact data include: IIE’s Open Doors Report, 2011-12; National Council of International Visitors; Integrated Management System (IMS); Academic Exchanges Information System (AEISII); and SEVIS. The economic contributions analysis is conducted by NAFSA: Association of International Educators using Open Doors enrollment statistics plus other data sources. Open Doors 2012 data contains statistics and trends regarding international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities during the 2011/12 academic year and U.S. students who studied abroad for academic credit at their home institutions during the 2011/12 academic year, including summer 2012. For last year's information, see the 2011 map.

310K
Participants
Approximate number of Fulbright participants
6,890
Students
Have participated in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program since 2002
16
Fulbright Alumni
Number of Fulbrighters who have received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In their own words

Anita smiles proudly when completing a challenging high ropes course during her exchange.
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