A questionnaire was mailed to 216 current and former graduate students who had received or were pursuing degrees in soil and crop sciences from five U.S. universities. The objective of the questionnaire was to obtain an expression of opinion on pertinent issues related to graduate and continuing education from current and former students from developing countries. The questionnaire was divided into four sections, namely, purpose and support, background, graduate program, and follow-up. Responses were received from 127 people from 49 countries. Most of the respondents were satisfied with their classes and thesis research training. From the questions and the narrative comments it was apparent that they would have profited from a broader experience in the USA. Better exposure to the Land Grant University system of teaching, research, and extension is needed. Few had training or experience in communicating with farmers and almost one-half said they had no exposure to practical U.S. agriculture. Some thought that training or additional experience in classroom teaching would have been desirable. A number thought that they would have profited from working with their advisor and in the department in a leadership role so that they could apply that experience in their home country. After returning to their home country they felt closer contact with U.S. universities would be extremely helpful. Sabbaticals, visits to the USA, exchange visits to their country by U.S. scientists, attendance at international meetings, newsletters, and exchange of reprints were suggested. Clearly, U.S. university faculty need to be alert for opportunities to broaden student experience while in the USA and to continue contact with the degree recipients after they have returned home.