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  • German language study increases globally, declines in U.S.

    Image Credit: Goethe Institut
    For the first time in 15 years, an increasing number of people worldwide are learning German as a foreign language. Despite these international gains, however, German language study is losing ground in the U.S.
  • Japan gives $15 million to support Japanese studies in U.S.

    Image Credit: White House official photos
    The Japanese government will invest $15 million to support Japanese studies at nine U.S. universities, a decision that was reaffirmed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official visit to the U.S.
  • YES alumna dedicates life to empowering young Afghan women

    Image Credit: TedX
    Shabana Basij-Rasikh, an alumna of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, has dedicated herself to educating and empowering women in her home country.
  • U.S. & Mexico collaborate to increase exchange opportunities

    Image Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
    Presidents Obama & Peña Nieto reaffirmed their mutual commitment to increasing exchange opportunities for American and Mexican students this week.

The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Lisa Heyn
Fri, 05/22/2015 - 13:35

The Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday approved its spending allocations for the twelve FY16 appropriations bills, allocating $49.0 billion for State-Foreign Operations, which funds the Department of State and State Department exchanges. This spending allocation maintains total funding nearly at the current funding level for international affairs, the United States Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) explains.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 05/22/2015 - 12:20

As it enters its second year, the Generation Study Abroad initiative will use scholarships and targeted outreach about study abroad programs – including more inclusive marketing materials – to increase diversity among study abroad participants, reports Insight Into Diversity.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:34

Svenja and Her Host Family

The Alliance Exchange Voice - Giving Voice to the Power of Exchange

German au pair experiences East Indian culture in California

When German au pair Svenja pictured her au pair experience, she imagined it would be with a classic American family, like in the movies. What she didn’t expect was that she’d get the opportunity to also learn about East Indian culture, with her Indian American host family, the Iyers. Svenja lives in Northern California with the Iyers, looking after their two children - a boy age 3 and a girl age 1.

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