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International Students Contribute more than $21.8 Billion to the U.S. Economy 

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During the 2011–2012 academic year, California, New York, and Texas welcomed the largest numbers of international students, and those and other states across the country saw substantial benefits from spending by these students and their families on living expenses, tuition and fees.This information is according to the annual report released by NAFSA, which tracks study abroad information. New to this year’s information is state-by-state international student and U.S. study abroad data.

International students “bring incalculable academic value to U.S. colleges and universities and cultural value to local communities as international enrollments grow,” says Marlene M. Johnson, executive director and CEO NAFSA. “However, there is much more we can do as a nation to promote student exchange and study abroad and this data clearly points to the potential future benefit of a cohesive and proactive international education strategy for our nation.”

The  NAFSA: Association of International Educators has nearly 10,000 members in 150 countries. To learn more, visit www.ConnectingOurWorld.org.

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