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2011.12.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Shane Pekny - International Studies and Programs
phone: 402.554.4040 - email: spekny@unomaha.edu

UNO International Students Made Positive Impact on Omaha's Economy in 2010 - 11

Omaha - The economic impact of international students and participants attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) grew more than 20 percent in the last academic year according to a newly released report from NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

For the 2010-2011 academic year, the report shows that 814 degree-seeking international students at UNO and their dependents contributed $20.7 million to the Omaha-area economy; the report from the previous year, based on 738 degree-seeking students, showed $18.9 million in economic impact.

Students and scholars from more than 120 countries come to UNO to learn English and to study everything from business administration to physical education. Their spending on tuition, housing and other basic needs, as well as purchases by their family members, contribute millions of dollars to the local economy annually.

In addition, UNO uses a similar methodology to include the economic impact of other international participants, such as those enrolled in the Intensive English Language program, known as ILUNO, and those in special institutes funded by the Fulbright program and UNO’s sister universities abroad. When combined with the figures released by NAFSA, the economic impact of 1,695 international students and participants at UNO topped $45 million in the 2010-2011 academic year – a 23 percent increase over the previous year.

NAFSA also figures the economic impact of international students on the statewide and national economies. In the 2010-2011 school year, more than 4,000 international students and families at Nebraska’s institutions of higher learning contributed $97 million to the state economy. Nationwide, international students and their dependents contributed $20.2 billion.

The fresh figures from NAFSA and UNO continue to demonstrate the significant contribution made by international participants to local economies – and they highlight post-secondary education as a key U.S. export.

For more information on the methodology used in NAFSA’s report, The Economic Benefits of International Education to the United States, visit www.nafsa.org. For more information on UNO’s International Studies & Programs, contact Shane Pekny, (402) 554.2376.

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