Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative
The Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative was announced by the U.S. Department of State and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development on May 13, 2014, and endorsed by the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Institute of International Education. The partnership aims to strengthen the historic ties between the United States and France by doubling the number of students studying abroad in the respective countries by 2025.
Currently, 17,000 young Americans study in France each year, making it the 4th destination in the world for American students (after the U.K., Italy and Spain), while 8,000 French students come to the U.S. each year.
In light of these recent initiatives, the Embassy of France in the United States, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, Campus France USA, and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars organized a bilateral conference entitled Towards an extension of student mobility between the United States and France on January 15 and 16, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Participants from both French and American institutions shared questions and best practices, explored possible roadblocks to increased student mobility, and identified solutions with stakeholders.
This conference was opened by Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, and Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.