July 2012

The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved last week the FY 2013 Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which authorizes $598 million for Department of State educational and cultural exchange programs. This figure is level with current FY 2012 funding, and just above the FY 2013 House appropriation of $587 million and below the Senate appropriation of $625 million.  

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The American Council on Education (ACE) recently released a new report – the third in ten years – that “assesses the current state of internationalization at American higher education institutions, examines progress and trends over time, and identifies future priorities.”

Key findings include that:

► The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved the FY 2013 Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which authorizes funding for exchanges at the current level of $598 million. This number is just above the FY 2013 House appropriation of $587 million and below the Senate appropriation of $625 million.

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In a video message recorded on the occasion of the third EducationUSA Forum, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once more underlined the importance of bringing international students to the United States for study and the critical work of the EducationUSA Advising Centers in more than 170 across the globe.

Today’s generation of young adults in their 20s and early 30s is more likely than previous generations to spend time abroad and is “abandoning some of the traditional tenets of the American dream that their parents held dear” to pursue an American dream that goes “beyond U.S. borders,” according to a recent NPR report.

As the U.S. is increasingly internationalizing its campuses, more needs to be done to “capture the educational moments in international education,” such as integrating international students on U.S. campuses and encouraging American students to study abroad in less traditional destinations, World Learning President and CEO Adam Weinberg suggests in a recent Huffington Post blog post.

Study abroad does not necessarily delay the time of graduation, new studies cited by Inside Higher Ed show. While international educators have traditionally tried to quantify the impact of study abroad on international learning outcomes such as “global-mindedness” or foreign language acquisition, they now focus increasingly on the link between study abroad experience, retention, and graduation rates.

Despite his pessimism about the state of U.S. development, political discourse, and public governance, Elliot Gerson, an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, has at least one reason to feel hope: the ever-increasing number of young Americans who are studying, traveling, and living abroad. Writing in The Atlantic, Gerson argues that all Americans—but especially young Americans—must continue to go outside our borders and “benchmark” against the rest of the world—that is, not only learn about other countries and peoples, but also learn from them in order to make the U.S. stronger:

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