International Students Enrich Colleges’ Cultures and Budgets

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A Duke University study found that domestic students who engaged with international students enhanced their self-confidence, leadership, cultural competence and quantitative skills.

$11.8 billion

The continued decline in international student enrollment since the fall of 2016 has cost the U.S. economy $11.8 billion.

65,000 jobs

The continued decline in international student enrollment since the fall of 2016 has cost the U.S. economy more than 65,000 jobs.

It’s not easy being an international student in a new environment

Some students face language and cultural barriers that make engaging with domestic students difficult. When they arrive, they must navigate an unfamiliar educational environment.

We place the highest priority on welcoming international students, encouraging their academic success, and supporting their health and well-being.

The presence of international faculty, staff and students greatly enriches the university and community. Domestic and international students benefit from learning and socializing together. Too often, though, we segregate ourselves into smaller communities and miss the opportunity to learn from each other.

To engender greater engagement, we will provide ongoing orientation and support to international students. We’ll use proactive advising to help them navigate the university’s educational system. And we will expand training opportunities for faculty to lead more interculturally aware classrooms.

As a university, we will better recognize the valuable resource of these important members of our community as we work to increase positive interactions and intercultural understanding.