Study Abroad

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.

International exchanges are essential in “bridging the intersection between policy and public diplomacy” and help “empower future generations of political leaders,” Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine told an audience at George Washington University’s Elliot School of Foreign Affairs last Thursday.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) institutionalization of program evaluation has become a role model for the Department of State and U.S. public diplomacy, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine told an audience at the Heritage Foundation yesterday.

The Department of Education recently released its “first-ever, fully articulated international strategy” designed to advance two strategic goals: strengthening U.S. education and advancing the U.S.’ international priorities. The strategy, which focuses on the next four years, recognizes that it is no longer enough to teach American students only reading, writing, mathematics, and science skills; rather, students must also have “the skills and disposition to engage globally,” as well as “the ability to think critically and creatively to solve complex problems.”

International students and their families contributed more than $21.81 billion to the U.S. economy last year, according to an economic impact statement for the academic year 2011-12, released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators today.

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