Study Abroad

The number of applications from prospective international students to U.S. graduate schools grew a mere 1 per cent in 2013, marking the smallest growth in these applications over the last eight years, a new Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) report shows. For comparison, the number of international grad school applications rose 9 per cent in 2012, and 11 per cent in 2011.

According to the New York Times, the European Commission recently introduced a new directive in order to lower bureaucratic hurdles for the approximately 200,000 students and researchers visiting from outside the European Union every year.

The commission said that the new rules would mandate maximum visa-processing periods of 60 days, easier transfers between member countries, and access to jobs during the stay.

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Intercultural skills are more important than ever in today’s business world, a recent study by Ipsos Public Affairs, the third largest market research company in the world, Booz Allen Hamilton a leading strategy and technology consulting firm and the British Council reveals.

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A Canadian government panel recommended in August that the country double its number of international students by 2022, the New York Times reports.

Currently, 100,000 international students are studying in Canada, triple the number who studied there in 2000.

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Citing a recent online poll, the New York Times reported that American students are more interested in studying abroad than British students. At 56 per cent, the number of American students who indicated they would like to study abroad is almost three times higher than the number of British students with study abroad intentions.

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A young woman who was adopted from Russia by an American couple in the 1990s has returned to her native country on a Fulbright scholarship, teaching English and working to improve the lives of Russian orphans, the Washington Post reports.

A growing number of U.S. students are choosing to explore higher education options in China “in a range of ways other than through traditional for-credit [programs],” University World News reports, citing a new study compiled by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

“2013 will be a year in which the higher education sector, under increasing pressure to justify its value, will face more regulations and greater expectations to become self-sufficient” and will face both technological challenges and opportunities, Dr. Rahul Choudaha, director of research and advisory services at World Education Services (WES), writes in a recent University World News article.

While a record 274,000 American students studied abroad for credit last year, it is becoming increasingly important to enhance this academic experience with an international work record, the New York Times suggests.

Because of the complexity of today’s conflicts around the world, it is vital for the U.S. to increase student exchanges, particularly with China, James Goldgeiger, Dean of the School of International Service (SIS) at American University (AU), argues in a recent Huffington Post article.

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