Exchanges in the media

The benefits of a summer abroad on disadvantaged inner city youth is the subject of a new documentary that premiered on PBS last month and was recently discussed in the Washington Post. The documentary, Beyond the Wall , followed four D.C.

Study abroad gives students a “leg up” in the job market, a panel of executives and corporate leaders confirmed at the recent inaugural Summit on Generation Study Abroad hosted by the Institute of International Education (IIE), USA Today and The PIE News report.

First Lady Michelle Obama called young Americans “the best ambassadors that we have” in her remarks at the panda-naming ceremony at the National Zoo last week. The ceremony was part of the recent state visit of Chinese President Xi and First Lady Peng Liyuan to Washington, D.C.

International student enrollment at U.S. graduate schools continues to rise, according to a recent report from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) discussed by PIE News. Enrollment of international students for fall 2014 increased by 11.2 per cent in comparison to the previous year.

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President Obama and Chinese President Xi aim to have one million American students studying Mandarin by 2020, according to a joint announcement made during President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to the U.S.

Explaining the importance of the new initiative, President Obama noted the role language plays in U.S.-China relations:

During his visit to Tacoma, Washington, earlier this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping invited 100 American students from a local high school to study in China next year, The News Tribune reports.

An increasing number of American students are enrolling in foreign universities for their undergraduate degrees, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The U.S. government should double the number of participants in the Department of State’s Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, according to a The Hill blog post by former U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait Richard LeBaron.

In a series of tweets last week, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump advocated for increased opportunities for international students to stay in the U.S. after graduating from American colleges and universities, Inside Higher Ed reports.

Trump tweeted:

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American students return from study abroad more nationalistic, but feeling less threatened by their host countries compared to their peers who have not yet studied abroad, according to a study recently discussed in the Washington Post.

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