International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the enriching benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by encouraging the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States. First held in 2000, International Education Week is celebrated today in more than 100 countries worldwide.
The University of Texas at Austin invites you to celebrate the 5th Annual International Education Week (IEW) from November 18 – 22, 2013. This campus-wide event brings together the UT community of students, faculty and staff to participate in a variety of fun, informative and culturally-rich events which collectively help to promote and celebrate language acquisition, international exchanges, cross-cultural awareness, and global citizenship!
Exchanges are critical to developing mutual understanding and respect, building leadership abroad, fostering an appreciation for the U.S., and investing in the future relationship between Americans and people around the world.
- According to Open Doors, 273,996 U.S. students studied abroad in 2010/11.
- International education prepares U.S. citizens to live, work, and compete in the global economy.
- International education is also a vital service industry, contributing more than $22.7 billion to the U.S. economy in 2011/12.
- According to Open Doors, 764,495 international students from over 200 countries studied in the U.S. in 2011/12.
- The more than 40,000 students, scholars and other exchange participants that the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs supports are in the vanguard of the hundreds of thousands of students and scholars who come to the United States and study abroad each year.
- International cooperation on education contributes to education reform and education solutions for the U.S. and for our partner nations.