Study Abroad

Dozens of officials from colleges and universities in the United States have traveled to Cuba in order to strengthen and restore cultural ties, a goal that the U.S. has been trying to achieve for many years now due largely to new partnerships forming between higher education institutions in both nations, according to Education Dive.

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NAFSA: Association of International Educators is calling on the next President and Congress to adopt policies that will advance international education and study abroad, and help create a more “welcoming and globally engaged United States,” the PIE News reported recently.  

New creative initiatives are being implemented through members of the Generation Study Abroad campaign, seeking to diversify the population of students going abroad. The Atlantic reports on various efforts by schools, nonprofits, businesses, and the federal government that have already proven fruitful since the project launched in 2014.

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Achievements and further expansions in exchange programs between citizens of the United States and the People’s Republic of China were discussed by top diplomats at the China-U.S. Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) last week in Beijing.

Throughout the seventh annual high-level meetings, co-chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, top government officials met with participants of past exchange programs and expressed strong support for the continuation of these initiatives.

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Institutional grants and scholarship programs are increasing participation in study abroad, and helping students prepare for future career choices, according to two reports released during the 2016 NAFSA conference last week. Both reports specifically highlight the positive impact of these funding opportunities on students from underrepresented populations.

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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.

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