Publications for Students and Parents

In addition to study abroad and career development guides, our publications include reports on education and economic outlooks across world regions, diversity in international education, developing strategic international partnerships and global educational mobility.

The Rise of Remote Global Internships: Promising Practices and the Implications for Career Readiness

This paper provides insight into the role of remote global internships in providing experiential educational opportunities for university students and the potential role these internships have in developing students' skills acquisition, global citizenship, and career readiness.


Broadening Opportunities for Study Abroad

Broadening Opportunities for Study Abroad: U.S. Government Funded Scholarship Programs

This paper explores U.S. government scholarship opportunities available to U.S. students interested in an international experience, highlighting different sponsoring agencies. It analyzes how the scholarships support U.S. government programming goals of encouraging citizen diplomacy, strengthening national security, and building a globalized workforce.

Studying for the Future: International Secondary Students in the United States

This paper provides an overview of international secondary student enrollment trends in the United States, describing a case study of the AIFS Foundation's Academic Year in America (AYA) high school exchange student program.

Faculty and Education Abroad: The Role of Faculty in Promoting Global Learning on U.S. Campuses

This white paper from IIE and the AIFS Foundation investigates the link between faculty and education abroad—and specific examples of institutions that have made considerable progress in expanding access to global learning and education abroad opportunities on campus—to shed light on opportunities and challenges that faculty face when engaging with education abroad, both as campus champions and leaders.

AIFS Study Abroad Outcomes Volume II (2018)

Revisiting and expanding on our 2010 offering, this publication is a longitudinal study of personal, intercultural and career development based on a survey of AIFS alumni from 1990 to 2017.

A Student Guide to Study Abroad

Study Abroad Matters: Linking Higher Education to the Contemporary Workforce through International Experience

In today’s competitive economy, it takes more than a college degree to convince employers that graduates are ready for the workforce. This paper, from IIE and the AIFS Foundation, synthesizes leading-edge research to demonstrate that in this globalized era, study abroad has become one of the most powerful ways to prove to employers that graduates have in-demand skills for the contemporary workplace. This paper outlines best practices for high education institutions, industry, and graduates to better articulate the value of study abroad for the contemporary marketplace.

A Parent Guide to Study Abroad

Studying abroad equips students with real-life, hands-on skills that no classroom can match, while opening up a world of personal and professional opportunities. This book, co-authored by international careers expert Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, International Institute of Education (IIE) President Allan Goodman, and AIFS President and CEO William L. Gertz, contains critical information parents will need to inform themselves, as well as support their high school or college student as they navigate the study abroad experience. Full of practical information written specifically for parents, the authors make a strong case for the importance of parental involvement that can influence and shape a successful cross-cultural experience. (Also available in Spanish)

A Student Guide to Study Abroad

A Student Guide to Study Abroad

Studying abroad offers students a competitive advantage and cross-cultural competence that open up a world of career opportunities, say three leading experts in study abroad. Highlighting the impact of globalization, international careers expert Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, IIE president Allan Goodman, and AIFS founder Sir Cyril Taylor make a compelling case for why global experience matters in today’s job market. Their comprehensive and practical guide, published by the Institute of International Education and the AIFS Foundation, is equally useful for students, parents, educators, career counselors and study abroad advisers.

The Gender Gap in Post-Secondary Study Abroad

The Gender Gap in Post-Secondary Study Abroad: Understanding and Marketing to Male Students

In this report, Dr. Steven W. Shirley examines the limited participation of male students in study abroad programs. Conducting an original survey and analyzing the data, he identifies factors that may influence participation by males and makes recommendations regarding the marketing of these programs to encourage more male students to study abroad.


Sir Cyril: My Life as a Social Entrepreneur

The autobiography of Sir Cyril Taylor, AIFS Founder and Chairman. Sir Cyril reflects on his life and accomplishments during his long and distinguished career in education and public service in the U.S. and U.K.


Higher Education on the Move: New Developments in Global Mobility

AIFS Study Abroad Outcomes: A View from Our Alumni 1990-2010

This publication compiles and examines the results of the AIFS Outcomes Survey, a study we conducted of our study abroad alumni from the last two decades. This report describes and analyzes how alumni regard the impact of their study abroad experience on their personal and professional lives and documents program participation trends between 1990 and 2010. It also examines international education trends and ways in which to prepare students for the global marketplace.

AIFS Student Guide to Study Abroad and Career Development

The goal of this Guide, written by Martin Tillman, is to provide students with a framework to understand the impact and added value of study abroad for their career development. Regardless of duration or destination, we believe students will benefit from considering the career implications of their decision to study abroad.


Higher Education on the Move: New Developments in Global Mobility

Study Abroad: A 21st Century Perspective

The Foundation publishes a booklet for study abroad advisors on topics such as diversification of study abroad participants, financial aid, technology, safety, faculty involvement and service-learning. Entitled Study Abroad: A 21st Century Perspective, it focuses on study abroad issues at the dawn of the millennium.

Camp America Outcomes

Camp America Outcomes
Assessing the Long-term Cultural Impact of the U.S. Summer Camp Experience for International Staff

This publication was created with the overall goal of obtaining evidence of outcomes consistent with J-1 legislative intent. We identified specific measurable objectives relative to intrinsic program value and participants’ perceptions of the United States, its culture and its people.

Au Pair In America Outcomes
A View from Our Alumni 1986–2016

Au Pair In America Outcomes
A View from Our Alumni 1986–2016

A fuller picture of the long-term impact of the experience of being an au pair—on both a personal and professional level—living with American families, caring for their host’s children, and taking classes in communities throughout the nation.

Au Pair In America Outcomes
A View from Our Alumni 1986–2016

Academic Year In America Outcomes
A View from Our Alumni 2003–2012

A perspective of how the AYA program benefited its participants. The study reflects on the participants’ personal growth, long-term connections and overall deeper understanding of diverse cultures and people.

IIE and AIFS Foundation Research Reports

IIE and the AIFS Foundation have teamed up to create a series of Global Education Research Reports.

U.S.-China Educational Exchange: Perspectives on a Growing Partnership

IIE and the AIFS Foundation have teamed up to create a series of Global Education Research Reports . The first report in this new series, U.S.-China Educational Exchange: Perspectives on a Growing Partnership , focuses on educational exchange between the United States and China from multiple perspectives. It seeks to expand the range of information on U.S.-China academic exchange available to study abroad policymakers and practitioners.


Topics include:

  • Trends and Models of Exchange Between China and the U.S.
  • National Policy Goals: U.S. Government Activities Supporting U.S.-China Exchange
  • National Policy Goals: PRC Government Activities Supporting U.S.-China Exchange
  • Scholarly Exchanges with China
  • U.S.-China Student and Teacher Exchange Programs: Developing Understanding in a Global Age
  • Coordinating Campus-Wide China Exchanges: The George Mason University Example
  • The Language Flagship: Multiple Approaches to Creating Global Professionals
  • Working with U.S. Higher Education: A Chinese Perspective
Higher Education on the Move: New Developments in Global Mobility

Higher Education on the Move: New Developments in Global Mobility

The second report in theIIE and AIFS Foundation series, Higher Education on the Move: New Developments in Global Mobility , explores the effects of recent developments in higher education, the world economy, and government policy on global student and scholar mobility. Authors ask how these processes affect the most commonly discussed aspect of international education — the movement of students and scholars across national borders.


Topics include:

  • Global Student Mobility: Moving Towards Brain Exchange
  • GATS and Transnational Mobility in Higher Education
  • Internationalizing the Academy: The Impact of Scholar Mobility
  • Increasing Europe's Attractiveness for International Students: What Can We Learn from the Bologna Process?
  • Joint and Dual Degree Programs: New Ventures in Academic Mobility
  • Higher Education Rankings and the Global "Battle for Talent"
  • Global Competitiveness in Science and Technology and the Role of Mobility
  • New Developments and Unintended Consequences: Whither Thou Goest, Internationalization?

International India: A Turning Point in Educational Exchange with the U.S.

The third report in the series, International India: A Turning Point in Educational Exchange with the U.S. , is the only comprehensive volume in recent years to focus on U.S.-India higher education exchanges at a crucial juncture in this important relationship. In this report, Indian and American authors address wide-ranging topics including the process of internationalization and higher education policy debates within India, U.S. government and institutional strategies to improve Indo-U.S. higher education linkages, the growing study abroad relationship between the two countries, and the relationship between higher education, entrepreneurship and the success of the Indian diaspora in the U.S.

Topics include:

  • U.S.-India Mobility at a Turning Point: Background and Trends
  • National Policy Goals - U.S. Department of State Activities Supporting U.S.-India Academic Exchanges
  • Indian Governmental and Policy Initiatives for U.S.-India Educational Exchange
  • Internationalization of Indian Higher Education
  • Is There a Role for Foreign Providers in India? Past Challenges and Current Developments
  • America's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs
  • Intercultural Competence: An Outcome of Student Exchange
  • Creating Indo-U.S. Higher Education Partnerships: Lessons Learned at the University of California, Davis
  • U.S.-India Collaboration in Engineering Education: Prospects for Change under New Leadership?
  • A Retrospective Look at Indo-U.S. Higher Education Relations

Innovation through Education: Building the Knowledge Economy in the Middle East

In the fourth report of the series, Innovation through Education: Building the Knowledge Economy in the Middle East , authors from a wide range of institutions and organizations describe and analyze current innovations, trends, and issues that countries and institutions in the Middle East are facing as they move toward educational reform and devekopment, as well as exchange projects between Middle Eastern countries and the United States. The reportincludes discussions of institutional planning in the region, women's education, youth exchange, and Arabic language education, and offers a contemporary and erudite examination of global education in building the knowledge economy in the Middle East.

Topics include:

  • The “Knowledge Society” in the Middle East
  • Strategic Planning in Higher Education: The Case of Non-Gulf Middle Eastern Countries
  • Strategic Planning in Higher Education: The Case of Non-Gulf Middle Eastern Countries
  • The Evolution of the Branch Campus in Qatar and UAE
  • “Science Cities” and the Demographic Dividend
  • The Role of Internationalization in Women's Education in the Middle East
  • Advancing U.S. Study Abroad to the Middle East
  • The Role of Youth Exchange in U.S.-Middle Eastern Cultural Understanding
  • Promoting Arabic Language Education in U.S. Higher Education
  • Classifying Higher Education Institutions in the MENA Region: A Pilot Project

Who Goes Where and Why? An Overview and Analysis of Global Educational Mobility

The first decade of the 21st century has witnessed changes in the scale and range of global educational mobility. Currently there are over 3.3 million students studying in a country beyond their own. In this report, the fifth in a series of Global Education Research Reports published by IIE and the AIFS Foundation, Caroline Macready and Clive Tucker describe and analyze current information on how and why students choose their study abroad destinations, and the ways in which national policies in a variety of host and sending countries impact students' decisions. This report also provides a thorough analysis of the Exchange Visitor Program in the United States, using statistics provided to the authors by the U.S. Department of State. Overall, this report offers a comprehensive overview of the complexity of student mobility worldwide.

Topics include:

  • Global Student Mobility in Tertiary Education
  • Global Student Mobility in Non-Tertiary Education
  • Why Students Move and How They Choose Destinations
  • The Impact of National Policies
  • Country Study: United States

Developing Strategic International Partnerships: Models for Initiating and Sustaining Innovative Institutional Linkages

In this book, the sixth in a series of Global Education Research Reports published by IIE and the AIFS Foundation, experts and practitioners from a wide range of higher education institutions and organizations capture the current dynamism and broadened scope of international academic partnerships. This book compiles a panorama of mutually beneficial partnership programs from across the globe, and features recommendations, models, and strategies for initiating, managing, and sustaining a range of international linkages. It also illustrates the myriad ways in which international partnerships enhance, and even transform, the institutions that participate in them, aiding in long-term goals of campus internationalization and preparing students for entry into the global workforce.

Topics include:

  • Approaching Partnerships Strategically
  • Models for Managing and Sustaining International Partnerships
  • Community Partnerships and Capacity Building
  • Designing Research Partnerships
  • Partnering through Networks and Consortia
  • Meeting Challenges and Lessons Learned
  • Developing Partnerships with U.S. Institutions
  • Planting the Seeds for Partnerships: National Level Efforts in Europe

Latin America's New Knowledge Economy

The last few decades have been a time of impressive growth and change for higher education in Latin America. Latin America's New Knowledge Economy , the seventh in a series of Global Education Research Reports published by IIE and the AIFS Foundation, reviews the policies, institutions, and programs that helped bring about these changes, as well as their outcomes in terms of access, workforce training, and research.

The book also includes an introduction by editor Jorge Balán, which provides historical and comparative context and reflects on the major dilemmas faced by public policy in higher education in the last decade.

Topics include:

  • Higher education’s role in advanced workforce development
  • Trends in academic mobility and outcomes for brain circulation
  • Government-sponsored study-abroad scholarship programs
  • Investment in the region by U.S. universities and corporations
  • Policy responses to challenges of access and equity
  • U.S. government exchange programs with Latin America
Asia: The Next Higher Education Superpower?

Asia: The Next Higher Education Superpower? (2015)

Ninth in the Global Education Research Reports series, published by IIE and the AIFS Foundation, Asia: The Next Higher Education Superpower? critically examines the local and global trends driving higher education policies in Asia and their impact on the local and regional knowledge economies. Featuring an impressive group of leading scholars, practitioners, and education policy experts these chapters look at how governments, universities, the private sector, and international organizations are responding to recent trends and meeting the diverse challenges and opportunities across the region. This volume is edited by Rajika Bhandari, IIE's Deputy Vice President for Research and Evaluation, and Alessia Lefébure, Director of the Alliance at Columbia University and Adjunct Professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Topics include:

  • Is Asia the Next Higher Education Superpower?
  • Global University Rankings: Determining the Distance Between Asia and 'Superpower Status' in Higher Education
  • The Knowledge Economy and the Transformational Dynamics of Education in Asia’s Emergent Economic Growth
  • Systemic Challenges to Educational Quality and Global Competitiveness
  • Internationalization in Asian Higher Education in the Era of Globalization
  • Education Hubs in Asia: A Common Facade for Uncommon Futures
  • Higher Education in India: Overcoming Mediocrity
  • Locating Malaysia's Place Within the ASEAN Higher Education Landscape: Current Status, Challenges, and Future Prospects

Latin America's New Knowledge Economy

Women in the Global Economy: Leading Social Change

The eighth report in the IIE and AIFS Foundation Research Reports series, Women in the Global Economy: Leading Social Change, explores the landscape of women’s participation in the economy and the key role that women play in fueling economic growth by creating stable societies. The book notes the trajectory of transformation that has gained a foothold in recent years, where investing in women is increasingly seen as a driver for social and economic development.

Topics include:

  • Gender and Development: Investing in Women and Girls
  • Women as Social Entrepreneurs
  • Women and the Informal Economy: Economic Actors and Global Leaders
  • Bridging the Technology Gender Divide
  • Women and the Global Social Network

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