Exchanges in the media

A newly formed Congressional International Exchange and Study Caucus aims to “raise awareness of the importance of international exchange and study programs in the United States and around the world,” according to a press release from U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Jim Himes (D-CT).

Access to high quality education, job opportunities, and adventure are the top three factors motivating students to pursue a STEM degree overseas, according to a recent British Council report, discussed by PIE News.

Through a host of new programs, some American students are pursuing what The New York Times calls, “extreme study abroad”: earning an undergraduate degree while traveling across various university campuses and continents.

The program models vary, but they share a common premise, focusing on an immersive, international education, according to the NYT:

In order to increase outbound student numbers, U.S. educators need to change their approach to study abroad “to work in the context of the U.S.,” according to Fanta Aw, President of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, as reported by PIE News.

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.

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