The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Mark Overmann
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 17:02

The President’s FY16 budget, released earlier today (see pages 31-33), requests $623.079 million for Department of State international exchange programs, a 5.6 per cent increase over current levels—a robust number in difficult budget times, and a concrete sign of the Obama administration’s support of exchanges.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:58

► Alumni of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program have launched a “Save CBYX” campaign, in response to the decision to cut funding for the program by 50% for the 2015-2016 program year, the Atlantic Review reports.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:25

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 1/23/15.

If you would like more information on any items on the list, please email kchriswell@alliance-exchange.org and provide the item number located above the announcement.  Requests are processed on a daily basis.

Please feel free to contact us with additional questions.

Mark Overmann
Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:21

Alumni of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program have launched a “Save CBYX” campaign, in response to the decision to cut funding for the program by 50% for the 2015-2016 program year, the Atlantic Review reports. Through the campaign, alumni are “asking all supporters to sign an online petition appealing to the State Department to reverse its decision.”

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:43

The U.S. government has clarified its regulations for American citizens traveling to Cuba, allowing for a more complete understanding of the effect of the new policy on international exchange opportunities. The U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Department of Commerce published updated regulations on travel to Cuba, effective January 16, 2015, NAFSA reports.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 01/23/2015 - 16:27

► A student at Pellissippi State Community College who wants to encourage other students in community colleges to study abroad, attended the State of the Union address as a special guest of the Obama family.

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Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:38

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 1/16/15.

If you would like more information on any items on the list, please email kchriswell@alliance-exchange.org and provide the item number located above the announcement.  Requests are processed on a daily basis.

Please feel free to contact us with additional questions.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Thu, 01/22/2015 - 14:48

In his 2015 State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama spoke at length about the role of diplomacy in U.S. foreign policy. He emphasized the role of international diplomacy in addressing global challenges and enhancing U.S. leadership abroad:

“I believe in a smarter kind of American leadership. We lead best when we combine military power with strong diplomacy; when we leverage our power with coalition building...That’s exactly what we’re doing right now — and around the globe, it is making a difference.”

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:50

► The U.S.' new foreign policy toward Cuba will broaden exchange opportunities beyond academic exchanges for American students to also include nonacademic travel, conferences, and non-credit bearing study abroad, among others.

► Local News Stories of the week:

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:42

Recent changes in U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba ease travel restrictions for American students and faculty, and open the door for nonacademic exchange programs and travel to Cuba, Inside Higher Ed reports. President Obama announced his administration’s new Cuba policy in December 2014, re-establishing diplomatic relations with the nation.