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June 19, 2013

MISSOULA – Peter Baker, international programs development officer at the University of Montana, will participate in the fourth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington, D.C., June 26-28. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the EducationUSA Forum will bring together 500 college and university recruitment and admissions professionals with almost 60 regional educational experts and advisers from around the world to discuss strategies to help international students study in the United States and for U.S. students to study abroad.

Colleges and universities, including UM, play an important role in strengthening ties between the United States and countries around the world. By welcoming international students and encouraging U.S. students to study abroad, the competitiveness of the U.S. educational system is enhanced. Not only do higher education institutions connect future global leaders with the American people, but foreign students also have a positive economic impact on the United States. As the premier study destination for international students, the education sector represents the fifth-largest U.S. services export and in 2011-12 the sector added nearly $23 billion to the U.S. economy.

The EducationUSA Forum will offer practical information and strategies to help internationalize U.S. campuses. Workshop sessions, presented by international education experts, U.S. higher education representatives and government officials, will offer unique and valuable information on recruiting and enrolling international students.

EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State-supported network of hundreds of advising centers around the world. Each year, EducationUSA advisers provide millions of international students with accurate, comprehensive and current information about how to apply to U.S. colleges and universities. For more information visit

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs promotes mutual understanding between Americans and people from around the world through a wide range of academic, cultural, private sector, professional and sports exchange programs. These international exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes and emerging leaders from the United States and nearly 170 countries. Alumni of these exchanges comprise more than 1 million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 350 current or former heads of state and government. For more information about these exchange programs, visit





Contact: Peter Baker, development officer, UM International Programs,