Study Abroad

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.”

The U.S. will be both the largest and the fastest-growing study abroad destination over the next decade, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports, citing a new study released by the British Council’s Education Intelligence global research service.

With rising tuition costs and decreasing college acceptance rates across the U.S., American students should consider pursuing higher education degrees in Europe, a recent op-ed in the Los Angeles Times argues.

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Australia is the most expensive destination for international students pursuing study abroad, the New York Times writes, citing a new report compiled and published by HSBC. 

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In a video message last week, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. will join the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which will help protect the rights of disabled Americans abroad.

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An increasing number of international students are choosing to attend medical school in Eastern Europe, the New York Times reports.

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