The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Lisa Heyn
Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:45

Over 200 J-1 Summer Work Travel (SWT) participants from all over the world recently participated in J Day, a celebration of international exchange participants coming together in their communities to share cultural diversity and American customs.

Ursula Heaney
Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:30

►The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has only had a modest effect on research and international education programs in the region.

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Ursula Heaney
Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:32

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 8/8/14.

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Lisa Heyn
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 14:27

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa thus far has had only a modest effect on research and international education programs, Inside Higher Ed recently reported. The article notes that those countries affected by the virus “are not popular destinations for research or study abroad programs” and that “few students from the region enroll at American colleges and universities.”

Lisa Heyn
Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:03

► As Congress began its five-week recess this week, the FY15 appropriations process appears to have stalled until after the November elections and a continuing resolution is very likely to be enacted to keep the federal government funded past September 30.

Lisa Heyn
Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:25

In light of the ongoing crisis in Gaza and Israel, and the State Department’s updated travel warning advising U.S. citizens to “’consider’ deferring non-essential travel” to Israel, U.S. colleges are debating whether or not to evacuate their students in the region, Inside Higher Ed reports.

Lisa Heyn
Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:36

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 8/1/14.

Lisa Heyn
Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:46

As studying abroad increases in popularity and importance, U.S. colleges are trying to find ways to provide access to an international experience for those students who may face social, financial, or cultural barriers, U.S. News and World Report writes.

Mark Overmann
Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:57

The State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has posted information and FAQs regarding the ongoing efforts to fully restore its global database for issuing travel documents and visas. This database crashed last week, causing an “extensive backlog” for U.S. passports and visas worldwide.

Lisa Heyn
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 16:01

As Congress begins its five-week August recess today, the FY15 appropriations process appears to have stalled until after the November elections. A continuing resolution (CR) is very likely to be enacted to keep the federal government funded past September 30 [the Alliance reported].