Study Abroad

During the 2011-2012 academic year, the European Union’s Erasmus exchange program (EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) saw record-high participation, with more than 250,000 students attending “one of around 4,000 higher education institutions across 33 participating countries across Europe, Euronews reports, citing a recent press release from the European Commission.

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Many Chinese students who study abroad in the U.S. use the experience to explore personal freedoms, unlike their predecessors who pursued political freedoms, The Atlantic reports.

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The rate of graduation for international students “[has] a marked impact on estimated graduation rates” and can mask the actual graduation rates within a country, a recent University World News articles states, citing the findings from the recent OECD Education at a Glance report.

In a video message recorded for the 4th annual EducationUSA Forum held in Washington, DC June 26-28, Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized the importance of exchanges and the long term positive repercussions they have for the U.S. and its relationships with countries around the world.

The continued higher education dialogue between India and the U.S. has helped increase educational opportunities in India as well as people-to-people exchanges between the two countries, Secretary Kerry noted in his opening address at the 2013 Higher Education Dialogue in New Delhi earlier this week.

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The number of international students will continue to rise over the next ten years as a result of a larger global higher education population and the U.S. will likely remain the top location for students seeking international higher education, a recent NAFSA: Association of International Educators article reports.

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A recent blog post on U.S. News highlights four factors grad schools commonly consider when evaluating international student’s graduate school applications.

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 A growing number of Chinese students decide to attend community colleges in the U.S. to then transfer to four-year universities to receive their bachelor’s degree, China Daily reports.

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 A recent report published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) shows an increase in the number of U.S. students completing a degree abroad, most of them in the fields of humanities, social sciences, or physical and life sciences.

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The level of higher education exchanges between the U.S. and Latin America has been increasing, marking a “strategic priority for the United States,” a recent blog post on the Chronicle of Higher Education website writes, noting that these exchanges are “mutually beneficial” for all nations involved.

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