As the Western Hemisphere continues to grow to nearly a billion people, expanding study abroad opportunities for our future leaders and innovators will strengthen bi-national relations, our 21st century global workforce, and regional prosperity.
Study Abroad Strengthens International Relations Across the Americas
The United States, Canada, Latin America, and our Caribbean neighbors are more deeply linked by trade, culture, and family ties than any other region in the world. Approximately 40% of U.S. exports go to Latin America, and Latin American exports to the U.S. are even higher. In addition, the Hispanic population of the U.S. has surpassed 50 million, making it the second largest concentration of Spanish speaking people next to Mexico.
Study Abroad Empowers our 21st Century Global Workforce
Students who study abroad think more complexly and creatively. They bring global perspectives into their classrooms and research labs, while supporting innovation across any number of fields. This international engagement is a major contributor to their eventual job market success.
Study Abroad Increases our Regional Prosperity
Two trend lines inform the importance of study abroad: the Americas now can produce more petroleum-based energy than the Middle East, offering a future of energy self-sufficiency, if we can come together in a constructive way. Secondly, by 2060, the population of the Americas is expected to be as great as that of China. Against this future landscape, study abroad throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean will deepen relationships across the Hemisphere, enabling young people to understand and navigate the rich tapestry of values and culture we share. These students will lead the process of greater commercial and social integration key to our region’s long term security and prosperity.