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International Students Contributed Almost $20 Billion to the US Economy in 2009-2010

September 7, 2011

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Institute of International Education, international students studying at U.S. universities contributed almost $20 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2009-2010 academic year.  Education is described as playing “a critical role” in the work of the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration.

We are reminded of the benefits these outstanding international students and scholars bring when they come to study at American educational institutions.  However, we often forget the other side of the equation–the experience these students undergo in leaving their home countries to come and study in America.

There is a wonderful essay this morning on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition by Sandip Roy, an editor with, about the experience of leaving India to study in the United States.  Listen to the story, as the background sounds he describes are part of the audio stream.


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