Exchanges in the media

U.S. student interest and enrollment in study abroad programs has not waned in spite of the recent terrorist attacks abroad, the Boston Globe reports.

The “students generally accept that security risks don’t necessarily increase beyond the U.S. borders,” the Boston Globe notes, adding that violent acts have occurred within U.S. borders for decades:

U.S. community colleges are welcoming more students from across the globe, resulting in an increased internationalization of their campuses, according to recent reports from the New York Times and The PIE News.

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Declining investment in exchange programs with former Soviet countries and Russian language instruction has contributed to a “shortage of Russia experts” in the U.S., according to a recent article in the Washington Post.

The article notes growing concerns that the U.S. lacks the ability to adequately assess and understand Russian foreign policy:

After studying at U.S. colleges and universities, Chinese students view themselves as more open-minded and idealistic, according to a recent article in Foreign Policy.

Chinese students studying in the U.S. graduate with a more positive view of both the U.S. and China, according to a recent article in Foreign Policy.

The data, coming from the publication’s own survey, show that after studying in the U.S., 60 per cent of respondents had more positive views of the U.S. and 55 per cent reported gaining a more positive view of China.

Nearly 300 au pairs participating in the State Department exchange program traveled to Washington, D.C. last month as part of a course on U.S. culture and history, according to a recent article in PBS.

International exchanges are “more important than ever,” writes Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Donna Brazile in a recent op-ed published by ABC News.

Exchange programs provide great value for participants and help Americans to compete in a global economy, Brazile, a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, explains:

In its November 18 issue, The Atlantic addressed increases in international student enrollment on U.S. campuses, relying heavily on data from the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) 2015 Open Doors report released last week [the Alliance reported].

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Virtual exchanges are enhancing elementary and middle school classrooms in the U.S., connecting students with people across the world and offering valuable international perspectives, according to recent articles in Education Week and The PIE News.

International students contributed $30.5 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2014-2015 academic year, according to new data compiled by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. This represents a nearly 14 per cent increase in economic contribution via living expenses, tuition, and fees  in comparison to the previous year, NAFSA reports.

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