Study Abroad

International mobility of Australian university students has largely increased since last year, according to the most recent release of an annual survey of Australian universities administered by the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training. Data collected from 36 universities indicate a 19.5% increase in the number of international experiences reported since 2014. Most notably, student exchange programs and faculty-led study tours were the most popular types of international experiences, at 28% and 26% respectively.

The U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education (IIE) announced the top producing institutions of U.S.

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The Institute of International Education (IIE) recently announced the winners of the annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. Each year, IIE selects five campuses from over 1,300 higher education institutions as award recipients, in recognition of their efforts in internationalizing campuses, study abroad, and international partnership programs. IIE also announced a new award category for minority-serving institutions that have strived to enhance global understanding.

The 2017 winners for the different categories are as follows:

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The number of international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities has reached a record number of over one million, according to 2016 Open Doors data released this week by the Institute of International Education (IIE). This 7.1 percent increase for the 2015-2016 school year marks the tenth consecutive year of reported expansion in the total number of international students in U.S. higher education.

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U.S. Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) re-introduced the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act, a bipartisan legislation that would expand opportunities for students at U.S. colleges and universities to obtain study abroad experiences through the U.S. Department of Education.

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Commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays Programs, a congressional resolution introduced in the House of Representatives last week recognizes the value of these international research and training programs in promoting mutual understanding and global learning. The Fulbright-Hays Programs were created through the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act, or Fulbright-Hays Act, signed into law by President John F. Kennedy on September 21, 1961.

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Secretary of State John Kerry and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky announced a new partnership to support the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program by helping send more students to study abroad. In remarks delivered yesterday at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Secretary Kerry highlighted the importance of public-private partnerships to help increase global interconnectedness and mutual understanding:  

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The number of exchange visitors and international students in the United States has increased by 5.4 percent since July 2015, according to data published in a quarterly report by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The number of J-1 exchange visitors in the U.S.

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In light of the recent terrorist attacks and threats in countries like France, Italy, Belgium, the UK, and Bangladesh, higher education institutions in the United States are reevaluating security measures and crisis management procedures for their study abroad programs in destinations around the globe, according to a recent article by the Atlantic.

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A year after the U.S. Department of State launched its Study Abroad branch, branch chief Leanne Dunsmore reported a successful beginning as the branch strives to increase participation in and the diversification of study abroad.

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