Exchanges in the media

The U.S. will be both the largest and the fastest-growing study abroad destination over the next decade, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports, citing a new study released by the British Council’s Education Intelligence global research service.

An increasing number of international students are choosing to attend medical school in Eastern Europe, the New York Times reports.

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New research shows that international students pay up to four times as much in fees in the UK as domestic students, the Huffington Post UK reports.

Recent figures compiled by the Complete University Guide indicate that “in some cases, foreign undergraduates are being asked to pay up to £35,000 for their courses.”

A recent trend indicates that Chinese students are studying overseas at younger ages, Asia News Network reports.

As the United States seeks to strengthen academic and institutional ties with developing nations in Asia and Latin America, relations with European institutions may be suffering, The Chronicle of Higher Education writes.

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As part of its efforts to rebuild after the 2011 civil war, Libya is focusing on increasing education and training opportunities by sending students abroad, ICEF Monitor reports.

Earlier this year, Libyan Deputy Minister of Education Bahin Eshetiwi announced Libya’s plan to address the shortcomings of the Libyan education system. A brief by World Education Services on the announcement highlighted the main initiatives of the Libyan reform:

As study abroad programs become more popular and significantly more diverse in terms of their location and participants, new positions are being created to allow institutions to better prepare for and respond to emergencies such as health and safety issues, political unrest or natural disasters, Inside Higher Ed reports.

A loss of cultural and educational exchanges is an often-overlooked consequence of the political turmoil in Egypt, writes Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, in a recent Al-Ahram Weekly article.

Iran is increasing its efforts to attract more international students to study at its universities, according to a recent article by the Tehran Times.

While there are currently 14,000 international students studying across Iran, the country’s Fifth Five Year Plan plans to increase this number; the plan “envisages the enrollment of 25,000 foreign students at Iranian universities,” between 2010 and 2015.

In response to an increased international demand for U.S. summer camps, many universities and school districts across the U.S. are “developing home-grown summer enrichment programs,” which target the rising middle class in countries such as China who “can send their children to experience American life – and possibly set the stage for going to college in the USA,” USA Today reports.

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