Study Abroad

The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), a nonprofit founded by singer Rihanna, announced a new scholarship to fund study at U.S. higher education institutions for students from Barbados, Cuba, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, and Brazil. 

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Gap year opportunities have surged in the media recently in response to the announcement that Malia Obama will take a gap year before entering college, the Boston Globe reports.

The experiences students undertake during a gap year are varied, the Boston Globe explains, noting that some students stay closer to home while others pursue opportunities abroad:

An increasing number of British students are looking to study outside of the U.K., particularly in continental Europe, according to a recent article in The Telegraph. British Council data suggest that a third of British students are considering studying outside of the UK, The Telegraph writes.

A new report compiled by the Forum on Education Abroad finds that college students studying abroad are less likely to die than their peers studying on U.S. campuses. The report, featured in a recent article in Inside Higher Ed, sought to compare the general risk faced by U.S.

Join the Alliance, Global Ties U.S., and our collaborating partners at our January 27 Exchanges Matter event – a high-level discussion of the critical role international exchange programs play in advancing peace and security.

Sessions will examine issues including the impact exchanges have across the U.S., how to harness the private sector to advance America’s public engagement objectives, and the role exchanges play in building mutual understanding and advancing U.S. foreign policy priorities.

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:

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.

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:

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 education and exchange are vital to U.S. diplomacy and allow students to acquire valuable skills and become leaders in their respective professions, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Evan Ryan told The PIE News in a recent interview.

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