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Education Service Exports
Learn about education service exports and how we can assist your institution in connecting to high school counselors, agents, potential partner universities, recruit international students, and meet with companies or government entities.

Education Service Exports

U.S. Education Service Exports

According to the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, education service exports ranked 6th among service exports in 2020. During the 2019/2020 academic year the U.S. hosted over one million students and reported $38.96 billion in education exports, which supported over 415,990 U.S. jobs. U.S. colleges and universities play an important role in helping foreign governments partner with private industry to fulfill vital education and training needs. Pre-pandemic, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report estimates that 8 million students will be studying abroad by 2025.

Education services are a critical element of our trade relationships with countries worldwide. Promoting study in the United States strengthens our economic development through innovation, workforce development, and attracting foreign direct investment. There are enormous challenges and opportunities for U.S. international education around the world. Increasing trade and investment opportunities for U.S. educational institutions and entities are, therefore, a top priority at the U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.

What the U.S. Commercial Service Can Do for You

The U.S. Commercial Service (CS) is the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Our global network of more than 1330 trade professionals is located throughout the United States and in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in more than 75 countries. Whether you are looking to recruit your first international student or expand your recruitment efforts to additional countries, we offer the expertise you need to assist with your international outreach to students, potential partners, and agents.

How We Can Help Your Institutions

The CS Global Education Team works to help connect you to high school counselors, agents, and potential partner universities, recruit international students, and meet with companies or government entities that require specialized training. Our team can also assist with your educational state consortia efforts and overseas promotion.  We can provide you with tools and information you need to set priorities and plan for international outreach. 

U.S. Commercial Service Programs and Services Available to Your Institution

  • Gold Key Matchmaking Service. Meet the best high schools, universities, agents, and other partners. • Single School Promotion. Set up an event featuring your educational institution and meet key players in the international education field. 
  • International Partner Search. Find qualified partner schools, agents, and other educational organizations. 
  • Trade Fairs and Catalog Shows. Identify the right international education fairs for your institution. 
  • International Market Research. Receive market research reports on target markets around the world. 
  • Trade Missions. Attend a trade mission for high-level visibility among key market contacts. 
  • Virtual Education Fairs and Virtual Connection Programs. Connect with agents using online platforms and virtual reality technology—without leaving your office. 
  • Website Globalization Reviews. Improve your online international reach and receive Search Engine Optimization (SEO) recommendations.

Where the U.S. Commercial Service Will Attend

  • ICEF Virtual Series (June, September, and October 2021)
  • EducationUSA Seminar (virtually July 2021)
  • NAFSA All-Region Summit (virtually October 2021)
  • English USA Stakeholders Conference (virtually October 2021)
  • Alliance for International Exchange Annual Conference in D.C. (November 2021)
  • American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) Annual Conference in Miami, FL (December 2021)
  • ICEF Workshop in Miami, FL (December 2021)
  • Washington International Education Conference (WIEC) in D.C. (February 2022)
  • Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA (March 2022)

Contact Us

For questions regarding the above programs, please contact:
Gabriela Zelaya
Global Education Team Leader