Study Abroad

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.

An increasing number of American students are enrolling in foreign universities for their undergraduate degrees, the Wall Street Journal reports.

American students return from study abroad more nationalistic, but feeling less threatened by their host countries compared to their peers who have not yet studied abroad, according to a study recently discussed in the Washington Post.

A warming in U.S.-Iran diplomatic relations, along with a potential nuclear agreement, may create new opportunities for academic exchanges and partnerships between the two countries, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education and the PIE News.

While the Greek debt crisis is causing significant problems for Greek Erasmus scholars, the crisis has had little effect on Americans studying abroad in the country, Kathimerini and CNBC report. In a historic vote, 61 per cent of Greek voters rejected the bailout package after Greece missed its loan payment deadline earlier this month.

As internships increase in popularity across the globe, many are seeking a “universal definition” outlining the internship experience, The PIE News reports.

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