U.S. Department of State Hosts Sixth Annual EducationUSA Forum on Internationalizing U.S. Colleges and Universities

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 23, 2015


The U.S. Department of State will host the sixth annual EducationUSA Forum, June 30 - July 2, in Washington, D.C. to support international higher education, which is a top ten service sector export for the U.S. economy. More than 575 university representatives from the United States and more than 60 EducationUSA regional educational experts and advisers from around the world will discuss ways to attract international students to U.S. campuses and increase the number of American students who study abroad. International education supports a strong economy by providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to compete and collaborate in the global workforce.

The EducationUSA Forum connects U.S. institutions with EducationUSA advising centers overseas to develop comprehensive and innovative strategies for recruiting, retaining, and engaging international students on U.S. campuses. Sessions will focus on virtual recruiting strategies, promoting access to U.S. higher education through digital resources, and the importance of including an inclusive, diverse population of international students. Participants will also discuss emerging trends in student mobility research, foreign government scholarships, community college outreach, and ways to assist international students experiencing crises.

The U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA advising network includes more than 400 advising centers in 170 countries around the world that provide international students with accurate, comprehensive, and current information about study opportunities in the United States. EducationUSA advisers promote U.S. higher education to international students, guiding them through the “Five Steps to U.S. Study” – from finding a school, to applying for a U.S. visa, to preparing for academic life on a U.S. campus.

Follow the conversation on Twitter at #EdUSAForum. Sessions open for press coverage can be found here. Interested press must RSVP to attend at ECA-Press@state.gov or (202) 632-6452.