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Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses

December 30, 1899


Conducted every five years, Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses assesses the current state of internationalization at American colleges and universities, analyzes progress and trends over time, and identifies future priorities. It is the only comprehensive source of data and analysis on internationalization in U.S. higher education, and includes two- and four-year, public and private, degree-granting institutions.

Now Available: Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses — 2017 Edition


Full Report (PDF) 1.5 MB
Survey Instrument (PDF) 422 KB
Data Tables (PDF) 147 KB


Key Findings

  • Internationalization is increasingly an administrative-intensive endeavor, coordinated by a single office and/or a senior international officer. More institutions are implementing policies, procedures and planning processes to guide internationalization efforts.
  • While student mobility has consistently been a focus of internationalization efforts, the 2016 data indicate an increasingly sharp emphasis on this area relative to other aspects of internationalization. The level of support international students receive once they arrive on campus, however, remains a concern.
  • Though the curriculum and co-curriculum take a backseat to student mobility in terms of stated priorities for internationalization, an increasing percentage of institutions are implementing academic and co-curricular policies and programming that facilitate on-campus global learning on a broader scale and among a broader base of students.
  • More institutions are offering internationally focused faculty professional development opportunities. However, the faculty-related data raise questions about the recognition of faculty as key drivers of internationalization.

How is Your Institution Doing?

Use the Mapping interactive tool to map internationalization at your institution and compare to national averages among peer institutions.

About the Study

Mapping assesses many aspects of campus internationalization. These include activities and efforts in each of the six categories of ACE’s Model for Comprehensive Internationalization:


"To realize comprehensive campus internationalization in U.S. higher education requires data collection that charts the progress we are making in the preparation of all students, faculty and staff to engage a more globally interdependent world with skill, wisdom, and responsibility. ACE’s Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses project is an indispensable tool in realizing that goal."

- Gil Latz, associate vice chancellor for international affairs, Indiana University

Previous Editions

2012 Mapping Report Cover 


(Survey conducted in 2011)
Full report (PDF) 3MB
Highlights summary
(PDF) 709 KB
Data table (PDF) 313 KB

2008 Mapping Report Cover 


(Survey conducted in 2006)
Purchase Full Report
Survey highlights (PDF) 365 KB



(Survey conducted in 2001)
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Sector-specific reports:
Community colleges (PDF) 2.4 MB
Liberal Arts (PDF) 2.5 MB
Comprehensive (PDF) 2.6 MB
Research (PDF) 2.5 MB


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