Study Abroad

The optional practical training program (OPT), which allows international graduates in the United States on student visas to gain work experience related to their fields of study, lacks sufficient risk assessment and governmental oversight, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) launched earlier this week Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative aiming to double the number of U.S. college students studying abroad. 

At the launch of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Partnership last week, Secretary of State John Kerry stressed the importance of, and the Obama Administration’s commitment to, connecting young people worldwide.

A recent proposal by the British Department of Health to introduce a health care access fee for migrants and long-term visitors would require international students to, for the first time, pay for medical cover while studying in the UK, the New York Times reports.

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At the Closing Session of the 2013 U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE), Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong reaffirmed their countries’ deep belief in the power of exchanges and commitment to enhance and expand cultural and educational exchange opportunities between the two nations.

The number of international students enrolled at colleges and universities in the United States increased by 7 per cent to a record high of 819,644 in the 2012-13 academic year, according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report, released today. These international students contributed $24 billion to the U.S. economy in that same year, a recent economic analysis by NAFSA: Association of International Educators shows.

In a sudden shift, the number of Indian graduate students enrolling at U.S. graduate schools this fall increased significantly, while that of new Chinese grad students in the U.S. grew only slightly, a new report by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) finds.

The U.S. Department of State is increasing its efforts to assist Fulbright program alumni to maintain the links created while on the program and use their exchange experiences to improve their career prospects, the Chronicle for Higher Education wrote in a recent article.

The U.S. and the Republic of Korea signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the extension of two student exchange programs: the bilateral Working Holiday Program (WHP) for U.S. students and the Work, English Study, Travel (WEST) Program for Korean students.

“I am a huge, huge fan of the Fulbright Program,” Secretary of State John Kerry proclaimed at a Fulbright Teaching Assistant Event in Malaysia today, where he lauded the program’s power to change lives and minds and cause a “remarkable transformation.”

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