The Future of International Exchanges in a Post-Pandemic World

Together with the American Council on Education (ACE) we asked experts to assess the future of academic exchanges. Focusing on the relationship between the United States and the European Union, this study takes a closer look at the current state of international exchanges and makes some predictions about their future after the pandemic, including the impact of recent political developments on the bilateral U.S. – EU relationship.

International exchanges are an essential part of campus internationalization and global engagement. More broadly, they strengthen democracy by developing stronger institutions and better citizens. The pandemic has prompted some vital questions about the future of exchanges:

  • What will the world of exchanges look like after the pandemic has subsided?
  • Should campus leaders take a fresh look at exchanges and how they contribute to their international goals?
  • Should we move more decisively toward (online collaboration) versus physical mobility?





Chapter 1: Government-Funded Academic Exchanges

Chapter 2: Transatlantic Fellowship and Professional Exchange Opportunities for Journalists

Chapter 3: Virtual Trust Networks and Transnational Research

Chapter 4: The Transformational Potential of Education “Abroad”: International, Intercultural, Flexible, Bending Towards Justice

Chapter 5: Perspectives from MBA Programs in the United States

The views, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this report are solely those of its authors and do not reflect the views of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, or its employees.


Syreta Haggray

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syreta.haggray@kas.de +1 202 464 5845
1. April 2021
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