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“…the United States will work with partners in this region, including the private sector, to in­crease the number of U.S. students studying in Latin America to 100,000, and the number of Latin American students studying in the United States to 100,000.”  —President Barack Obama La Moneda, Santiago, Chile, March 21, 2011
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PIcture of 100,000 Strong in the Americas fact sheet
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In March 2011, President Barack Obama launched "100,000 Strong in the Americas," an initiative to increase international study in the Western Hemisphere. The purpose of 100,000 Strong is to foster region-wide prosperity through greater international exchange of students, who are our future leaders and innovators. Increasing understanding in the Western Hemisphere and building closer people-to-people ties will help the State Department work together with the people of the Western Hemisphere to address common challenges including citizen security, economic opportunity, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. Read in Spanish - Read in Portuguese
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To implement the President’s vision, the Department of State has established a partnership with NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education, and Partners of the Americas, a leading voluntary and development agency with over 45 years of experience in the Americas. We are also working directly with foreign governments, universities and colleges, and the private sector. EducationUSA, (educationusa.state.gov) a network of more than 100 U.S.-Government-supported advising centers throughout the Hemisphere, is a centerpiece of our partnership and outreach efforts.
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We are working with institutions in the United States and throughout the Hemisphere to encourage expanded exchanges and closer partnerships between U.S. and Latin American universities and colleges.
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We seek contributions from the private sector to support 100,000 Strong in the Americas. By making a donation to the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, foundations and companies can help meet the President’s goal of achieving 100,000 students studying abroad annually in each direction between the United States and Latin America & the Caribbean. Please contact 100kstrongamericas@partners.net for more information.
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Most governments in the region provide scholarships to enable top students to study abroad. Brazil's "Scientific Mobility Program" plans to send 101,000 Brazilians to study abroad over the next four years, with up to half coming to the United States. The United States has worked closely with Brazil to coordinate the U.S. portion of this program. We seek opportunities to cooperate with other governments on student advising, assistance with placement, and coordination to ensure timely access to educational and visa services.
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We are promoting a more diverse profile of students who participate in educational exchanges and their destinations. The Department of State is reaching out to diverse institutions throughout the United States including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Native American Tribal colleges, and community colleges. We are working with Latin American and Caribbean governments, universities, and the private sector to provide international study opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, historically underserved populations, and persons with disabilities.
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