International exchange programs not only help build a more peaceful world, they also help make the United States more prosperous and secure. With over one million exchange program alumni around the world—which includes almost 1,700 government ministers and 364 current and former heads of state—it is no surprise that U.S. ambassadors and military leaders say exchanges are essential to our security. In addition, international students brought more than $30.2 billion to the U.S. economy in 2015. The Global Ties network alone created $39 million dollars in positive economic impact nationally in 2015.

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