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U.S. Department of State
Loyola University Chicago Chosen to Host U.S. Department of State EducationUSA Training Institute
CHICAGO, March 31, 2015 – Loyola University Chicago is among eight Chicago-based institutions selected by the U.S. Department of State to host this year’s EducationUSA Training Institute, which will take place April 26 – May 1, 2015. EducationUSA Training Institutes are intensive professional development programs that provide EducationUSA advisers with the knowledge and skills they need to enhance their effectiveness at advising international students on U.S. higher education.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs seeks to develop the relationships between people and communities in the United States and around world that are necessary to solve global challenges. EducationUSA is a network of hundreds of advising centers worldwide that promotes U.S. higher education and helps international students navigate the admissions process. EducationUSA advisers support hundreds of thousands of international students each year and play a critical role in supporting U.S. institutions seeking to internationalize their campuses.
Each year, a wide range of colleges and universities from across the United States submit proposals to host the EducationUSA Training Institute. Participating EducationUSA advisers from 20 countries will begin the program in Washington, D.C. before traveling to Chicago for a week of campus-based training. Chicagoland area institutions will join Loyola University Chicago to lead training sessions on the diversity of U.S. higher education, application processing, recruitment strategies, communication streams, community college pathways, and financing cost of attendance. In addition, the advisers will embark on campus tours, speak with specific academic departments of interest, and gain exposure to many of the cultural and historical attractions of Chicago.
According to Open Doors 2014, the annual report on international academic mobility published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), a total of 886,052 international students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education in the 2013/14 academic year. This number represents an increase of 8% over the prior year, with Illinois remaining the fifth largest receiving U.S. state. International students also contribute more than $27 billion to the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
“International education is crucial to building relationships between people and communities in the United States and around the world. It is through these relationships that together we can solve global challenges like climate change, the spread of pandemic disease, and combatting violent extremism,” said Evan M. Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The U.S. remains the preferred destination for international students who want to study abroad because of the quality and prestige associated with an American degree. Another contributing factor is greater access to comprehensive and accurate information about study in the U.S. through EducationUSA advising offices, coupled with an increased level of activity by U.S. colleges and universities to attract these students. Shaped by the city and Jesuit traditions, Loyola University Chicago offers students an unmatched educational, experiential, and global experience. We come from all faiths and backgrounds, with a common purpose of building a better society.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State manages a wide range of academic, professional, and cultural exchanges that include approximately 40,000 participants annually, with the goal of increasing mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. ECA manages the EducationUSA network of advising offices (http://educationusa.state.gov/) for students around the world who wish to study in the United States. For more information on the Department of State’s educational and cultural exchange activities, contact ECA-Press@state.gov and visit www.exchanges.state.gov.
The Open Doors report is supported by the U.S. Department of State and published by the Institute of International Education, the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States. IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of the international students in the United States since 1919, and with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s. The census is based on a survey of approximately 3,000 accredited U.S. institutions. Open Doors also reports on surveys on international scholars at U.S. universities; international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs; and on U.S. students studying abroad (since 1985). A full press kit and further details on the Open Doors 2014 surveys and their findings can be accessed on www.opendoors.iienetwork.org.
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