is an international education consortium whose members are Illinois educational institutions that are pooling their resources to market their programs internationally, and more specifically, to market Illinois as a premier study destination for international students. Illinois ranks 5th in the nation in terms of the number of international students the State attracts, a ranking which has improved one notch since the launching of Study Illinois. In the 2014-2015 academic year, over 46,500 international students were studying in Illinois, and had a positive economic impact (education services exports) on the state in excess of $1.4 billion.
Trade Specialist Debra Rogers spearheaded the formation of this collective marketing organization, which was officially launched in July 2003; and has been advising and co-organizing promotional events with them ever since.
Study Illinois has benefited considerably from its close association with the U.S. Commercial Service (CS), receiving extensive exposure to universities, study abroad agencies, and students around the world through the CS international network.
Ms. Rogers has also brought in other partner organizations, such as the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment and the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago, which have provided instrumental support to Study Illinois and contributed significantly to its success.
Ms. Rogers started an annual "Conference on Attracting International Students to Illinois", which ran for 7 years, and featured Overseas Education Advisers from the State Department-affiliated Education USA network. These advisers shared information on the demand for U.S. education in their home countries, their educational systems as compared to that of the U.S., and the factors and barriers that influence international students' decisions to study abroad.
Additionally, being organized as a consortium has given Study Illinois access to many group discounts from international education vendors, such as education fair organizers like ISN and ICEF, and related service providers, such as Study in the USA and SR Media.
Quote from former Chair of Study Illinois:
“Deb Rogers has played a valuable role in ensuring the success of the Study Illinois consortium. Her guidance and advice on forming our organization, and her continued suggestions and participation is in my opinion one of the main factors in Study Illinois and its membership working so well. At every step in our professional relationship I've been able to rely on Deb's participation and support, and I've observed personally the admiration and respect her colleagues from across the globe show her.” April 25, 2008 Bill Elliott, Director of international Admissions, Eastern Illinois University
For more information on Study Illinois and its current members and activities, please see www.studyillinois.org.”