Exchanges in the media

The Russian government is reassessing its Global Education program which provides funds for Russian students to pursue certain fields of postgraduate study at foreign universities “amid worsening relations with the West,” the Moscow Times recently reported.

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) will provide more than $20 million in support of Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative by the Institute of International Education (IIE) that aims to double the number of U.S.

The number of international students studying in the U.S. is at a record high, as is the number of American students studying overseas, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) 2014 Open Doors report, released this morning on the occasion of the 15th annual celebration of International Education Week. The economic contribution of international students in the U.S.

During his recent visit to China, President Obama – along with Chinese President Xi Jinping – emphasized the positive impact exchanges have on U.S.-China relations. Both expressed a commitment to deepening people to people ties between the two nations, particularly via student exchanges and tourism, according to a White House press release.

As of November 12, the U.S. and China have both increased the respective lengths of short-term business and tourist visas, as well as student and exchange visas, according to the U.S. Department of State. The U.S.

American students studying abroad in Spain contribute an estimated €200 million to the country’s economy, reports PIE News. The article notes that Spain is the third most popular destination for U.S. students studying abroad.

Student exchanges are key in advancing the United States’ positive relationship with China, Secretary of State John Kerry stressed in a speech on U.S.-China relations on Tuesday:

“One of the best ways for us to improve our connection is by expanding the student exchanges.”

The 100,000 Strong Foundation is expanding its efforts to encourage Chinese language study and “give more American students study abroad opportunities in China” through a new partnership with the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, reports the China Daily, an official Chinese newspaper published in English.

An increasing number of online students in the U.S. are participating in study abroad experiences, reports U.S. News & World Report.

Growing concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus may have an impact on international education connections with West Africa, reports the Washington Post. Increased scrutiny of student flows to and from West Africa arose as a second case of Ebola transmission in the U.S.

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