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  • YALI participants arrive for the first Washington Fellowship

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    First Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, sees 500 participants arrive in DC.
  • Experience abroad makes you more creative, more employable

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    A growing body of research indicates that study and work abroad experiences foster an “ability to think more complexly and creatively,” which can lead to more professional success.
  • ECA visits exchange participants across the country

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    This summer, DAS Robin Lerner and her team are touring the U.S. to meet with international exchange participants at their placement sites, learning about their cultural experiences and the impact the exchange is having on them and their host communities.
  • First Lady praises study abroad during trip to China

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    During her trip to China, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of giving students the option to study abroad. The first Lady praised study abroad programs, saying they are the key to success in a global economy.

The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Lisa Heyn
Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:18

► reported that with appropriations work in the Senate stalled, and the House also unlikely to complete its outstanding appropriations bills, a continuing resolution for FY15 appears very likely for the fall.

Lisa Heyn
Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:33

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 7/18/14.

Lisa Heyn
Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:19

The Department of State’s global database for issuing travel documents and visas has experienced technical problems, causing an “extensive backlog” of applications for U.S. passports and visas worldwide and major delays for potentially millions of people, the Associated Press reports.

International J-1 Participants with Mayor Sessoms

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

J-1 participants attend Virginia Beach Civic Day & meet Mayor

International students from around the world visit Virginia Beach every summer through the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, a J-1 visa cultural exchange program overseen by the U.S. Department of State. Students visiting this summer had a unique opportunity to learn more about the Virginia Beach community, through Virginia Beach Civic Day at City Hall, a special event coordinated on July 8th by the Virginia Beach International Students Outreach Program. J-1 visa participants who are living and working in the area as well as their host employers and sponsors were invited to attend this event.

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