Study Abroad

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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New research shows that international students pay up to four times as much in fees in the UK as domestic students, the Huffington Post UK reports.

Recent figures compiled by the Complete University Guide indicate that “in some cases, foreign undergraduates are being asked to pay up to £35,000 for their courses.”

Trust and reciprocity are key elements in helping to “simplify the regulatory burdens for institutions that operate in multiple states,” according to a Chronicle of Higher Education blog post examining how educational quality-assurance agencies in host countries should best handle programs already evaluated by agencies in international students’ home countries.

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A recent trend indicates that Chinese students are studying overseas at younger ages, Asia News Network reports.

After its recent presidential election, Iranian higher education “is at a crossroads” and, in an effort to develop the higher education sector, the new moderate Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, may look to increase the level of international connections and overall student mobility, ICEF Monitor reports.

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A report issued last week by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) describes the development of the global education market over the last four decades and spotlights the UK’s efforts to significantly increase the number of international students in the UK, ICEF Monitor reports.

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As the United States seeks to strengthen academic and institutional ties with developing nations in Asia and Latin America, relations with European institutions may be suffering, The Chronicle of Higher Education writes.

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As part of its efforts to rebuild after the 2011 civil war, Libya is focusing on increasing education and training opportunities by sending students abroad, ICEF Monitor reports.

Earlier this year, Libyan Deputy Minister of Education Bahin Eshetiwi announced Libya’s plan to address the shortcomings of the Libyan education system. A brief by World Education Services on the announcement highlighted the main initiatives of the Libyan reform:

As study abroad programs become more popular and significantly more diverse in terms of their location and participants, new positions are being created to allow institutions to better prepare for and respond to emergencies such as health and safety issues, political unrest or natural disasters, Inside Higher Ed reports.

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