International Education Week 2020

November 16, 2020

Resilience and engagement are at the heart of the U.S. State Department’s International Education Week (IEW) 2020. November 16th through 20th marks the start of the yearly celebration to highlight the importance of international education on the national and global level. The theme this year is Engaged. Resilient. Global. As an international community we’ve faced unprecedented times due to the COVID-19 health pandemic. However, ECA remains engaged with our international community, resilient and committed to working with U.S. and international institutions globally.

With the efforts of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, IEW embodies the mission of developing mutual understanding between cultures and promotes programs that prepare Americans for the global environment. Students who study abroad are vital in strengthening the ties in foreign relations.

To kick off IEW, the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education (IIE), released the annual Open Doors report of data and trends in international academic mobility. The Open Doors report is not only long standing (since 1972), but it is the most comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars in the United States and on U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit! More information from the report can be found here:

The global trends in education are growing- and ECA is here to highlight them during International Education Week.

“We are encouraged to see a fifth year of more than one million international students in the United States before the pandemic,” said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “International student mobility is as important today as ever, and we believe the United States is the best destination for students to study and earn their degrees. Education is a pathway to a greater future and international educational exchange has the power to transform students’ trajectories.”

The data contained in this year’s Open Doors report provides a baseline indicator prior to the pandemic, showing that interest in international educational experiences is strong among both domestic and international students. The State Department remains committed to supporting and diversifying American student mobility including through participation in U.S.-sponsored exchange programs such as the Fulbright Program, the Critical Language Scholarship Program, and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.

For more information on International Education Week, or the Open Doors Report, please visit or

This web highlight was written by: Varvara Bazalev, a virtual intern in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.