Study Abroad

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.

The U.S. experienced its largest growth in international student enrollments in the past 35 years, and the number of U.S. students studying abroad continues to grow as well, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) 2015 Open Doors report, released this morning. The amount international students contribute to the U.S.

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.

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