August 2011

Offers of admission from U.S. graduate schools to prospective international students for fall 2011 increased overall by 11 per cent, the largest gain since 2006, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) reports. The CGS survey indicates that this growth was driven substantially by a 23 per cent increase in offers of admission to prospective students from China, the sixth year in a row of double-digit gains for that country. 

The Alliance issued the following statement in response to Sen. Mark Udall's (D-CO) recent letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, requesting a review of the Department of State's Exchange Visitor Program:

The College Board released the following announcement regarding a 2011 EducationUSA Reconnect China higher education delegation:

The College Board is pleased to announce a new opportunity for accredited U.S. institutions and higher education associations to participate in a 10-12 day delegation to the People’s Republic of China. Sponsored and fully funded for up to 12 participants by the U.S. Department of State, the trip will include visits to national secondary schools and universities in collaboration with EducationUSA.

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Foreign language and culture training is “essential to our ability not only to protect our security, but frankly to be a nation that is well educated,” Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said yesterday during a wide-ranging conversation with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the National Defense University.

The Department of State has “dispatch[ed] two senior officials to assess the situation” in Palmyra and Hershey, PA, where J-1 Summer Work Travel students are protesting their employer and working conditions, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.

For the many Summer Work Travel (SWT) students at the Jersey Shore, working in seasonal jobs for employers like Morey’s Piers, their experience in the United States is not just a cultural exchange that allows them to meet Americans and see the real America; it is also an important opportunity to grow as a person.  

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 08/12/11.

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The British Council released the following statement regarding the attack today on the Council office in Kabul, Afghanistan (for more on the attack, see CNN.com):

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Cuts to exchange programs proposed by the House, as well as the potential of even more reductions by the new Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, means that now is a critical time to urge Congress—especially the Senate—to support the highest possible level of funding for international exchange programs.

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At a Town Hall in Atkinson, IL, last week, President Obama referred to the importance of learning a foreign language for all Americans, as it makes student more employable and competitive in the global economy: