Exchanges in the media

Representative Glenn Thompson (R-PA) spoke in support of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program yesterday on the House floor, noting that the program “has shown tremendous success in fostering a stronger relationship between the United States and Germany.”

In his remarks, Rep. Thompson outlined several of the long-term benefits of the program for both German and American CBYX participants:

A recent White House report reaffirmed the “rich cultural experience” provided by the Exchange Visitor Program and commended the State Department for its “comprehensive approach” to the program. The report was created in response to a Presidential Memorandum issued by President Obama to examine ways of improving the U.S. legal immigration system.

More than two dozen Yemeni exchange students will be allowed to stay in the United States through December, reports The Washington Post. The students were participants in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, sponsored by the State Department, when civil war broke out in their home country of Yemen, preventing their return.

While the Greek debt crisis is causing significant problems for Greek Erasmus scholars, the crisis has had little effect on Americans studying abroad in the country, Kathimerini and CNBC report. In a historic vote, 61 per cent of Greek voters rejected the bailout package after Greece missed its loan payment deadline earlier this month.

As internships increase in popularity across the globe, many are seeking a “universal definition” outlining the internship experience, The PIE News reports.

Expanded funding opportunities are allowing an increasing number of low-income high school students to travel abroad “as part of a broader attempt to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps in a more globalized world”, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The U.S. will re-open its embassy in Cuba this month, continuing the expansion of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the New York Times reports. President Obama announced the plans on Wednesday, adding that Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana “to proudly raise the American flag over our embassy once more.”

With a civil war raging in their home country that has already killed thousands of civilians, 31 Yemeni high school exchange students are “trapped by uncertainty” as their U.S.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter noted the importance of educational and cultural exchanges between the U.S. and Germany in his remarks at a forum in Berlin on Monday. In particular, Secretary Carter spoke to the value of exchanges in preparing young citizens for success in a global economy:

Despite regular interactions, local businesses have only “moderately favorable” opinions of international students in their college towns, according to a recent article in Inside Higher Ed.

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