IIE. Interactive Newsletter
Advance Access to Open Doors 2016 Now Available to IIE Members

Dear IIENetwork Members,

On Monday, November 14, 2016, the Institute of International Education will release the findings from Open Doors® 2016 Report on International Educational Exchange, the annual report on student mobility (pre-order the print edition now).

The Open Doors report attracts significant media attention and provides your institution with an opportunity to showcase your involvement in international education as well as to relate to the press what the situation is on your campus. We suggest you work with your press office and your local media to localize the story and highlight international student enrollment or study abroad trends at your campus. Suggested story angles are outlined below.

IIE, together with the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which funds this research, will hold a briefing on Open Doors 2016 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on the morning of Monday, November 14, as part of the celebration of International Education Week. A video of the remarks and the data presentation will be available on the Open Doors site later next week.

We expect to see news coverage in publications across the country regarding international college students in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad. This is a good time to contact your local press and highlight what your campus is doing.

Highlights of the new Open Doors data, as well as press releases and extensive background information, are available on a password-protected, pre-embargo basis at our Open Doors data portal. All 2016 data, background information and press materials are embargoed until Monday, November 14 at 12:01 a.m. EST.

You may use this special, temporary username/password combination:

username: member
password: !!ENetwork1919

***Please note: The release and all of the new Open Doors data is EMBARGOED until 12:01 a.m. EST, Monday, November 14. You may share this information with your public relations staff, and they in turn, may share it with your local media. The media must, however, agree to respect the November 14 embargo date before you can give them any data.***

After November 14, all data will be accessible through the main Open Doors gateway.

IIE President Allan Goodman will also be available for press interviews, and you may feel free to use the quotes from Dr. Goodman that appear in our Open Doors press release in your own materials as well.

For your social media outreach, please use #OpenDoorsReport for Open Doors and #IEW2016 for International Education Week. We will have infographics on social media next week; follow @IIEGlobal and @ECAatState to like and share these.


Possible Story Angles

  • Is your campus among the top host campuses for international students overall, or in your Carnegie Classification? Is your campus among the top campuses for study abroad (total numbers or participation rate) overall or in your Carnegie Classification? How does your rank compare to last year? How does your state's rank compare to last year?
International Students:
  • Have you seen any particular increases or decreases in international students on your campus this year? Have you seen increases or decreases specifically among your undergraduate or graduate level enrollment of international students? Have your gains or losses been higher or lower than the national average, and the average for your state? Most states saw increases in their total numbers, but has your state seen a particularly strong increase (which contributes to the local economy)?
  • Has your campus provided support services to foreign students and/or conducted programs to increase understanding between U.S. and foreign students? Has your campus provided special support to students from any particular world region?
  • What are the nationalities of foreign students on your campus? You may wish to write up some brief profiles of foreign students on your campus who have agreed to be featured.
  • Have you hosted more sponsored students in the past year, for example students sponsored by major government-funded scholarships from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and other countries?
Study Abroad:
  • Have you seen an increase in the number of students studying abroad on your campus, for academic year 2014/15 (the year being reported in Open Doors 2016 for study abroad)? Are students in more diverse fields of study going abroad? You may wish to write up some profiles of students who studied abroad last year and have returned to your campus.
  • Is your campus a partner in the IIE Generation Study Abroad initiative? What innovative efforts have you made to get more students to study abroad? Do you have a particular goal to increase study abroad or require it for certain programs or majors? You may also wish to comment on anything you have done to make it easier and/or less expensive for students to study abroad.
  • Have more of your students been taking part in educational experiences abroad outside of the classroom, such as internships and service learning?
  • Destinations: what are the most popular study abroad destinations for your students? Are they going to perennially favorite destinations, or is there a trend toward non-traditional places?
  • Finances and Funding/Program Opportunities: Does your campus offer financial aid or special grant programs for study abroad? Do you have students going abroad with assistance from the Gilman Scholarship, Boren Scholarship, or other National Security Language Initiative programs, such as intensive summer language institutes, or on privately funded scholarship programs? Does your campus offer any scholarships that are listed on IIE's online directory www.studyabroadfunding.org?
  • Was a student or faculty member on your campus quoted in IIE’s, A Student Guide to Study Abroad? If so, you may wish to highlight that as part of this story.
This is also a good opportunity to contact your local paper and urge them to write an editorial on the benefits of international educational exchange to your campus and community, both in hosting foreign students, and having U.S. students gain valuable international experience by studying abroad.

The print publication will be available in March 2017. At that time a free complimentary print copy of Open Doors 2016 will automatically be sent to the survey respondent on each campus who provided data on international student flows, and to the international student designee of IIENetwork member campuses, as a benefit of your IIENetwork membership.

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