Exchanges in the media

Rising tuition and a lack of scholarships are leading British students to study at U.S universities, the New York Times reports.

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Last week, NAFSA: Association of International Educators held their annual conference in San Diego, CA. A prominent theme that permeated the conference, according to both the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed, was improving the U.S. college experience for international students. 

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In a speech today outlining his vision for American foreign policy, delivered at West Point Academy, President Obama spoke about the importance of educational exchanges.

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Student exchanges between the U.S and its Western Hemisphere neighbors are being limited due to financial, social, and political obstacles, writes Roberta S. Jacobson, the Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, in the Huffington Post.

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Bills are being considered in the Minnesota and New York state legislatures that would require colleges to disclose more information about their study abroad programs, Inside Higher Ed reports.

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In response to a proposed $30 million cut to the Fulbright program, Fulbright alumni from around the world “have come forward to explain how the program shaped their lives and changed their perspective,” the Arkansas Gazette reports. Several alumni from Arkansas, Sen. J. William Fulbright’s home state, said that their in-depth experiences in other countries changed their perspectives “not only on the other culture, but on their own government.”

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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 success as a professional, Time magazine reports. Time points to three different studies on the subject:

“The Fulbright Program is one of the best opportunities that America has to improve its relationship with the rest of the world,” according to a recent Huffington Post blog post by Fulbright Fellow and English Teaching Assistant Jonathan Rice.

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A blog post in The New Yorker discusses the potential value and challenges posed by the rising number of F-1 high school students coming to the U.S. Quoting data provided by CSIET (the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel), the post notes that “between 2007 and 2012, the number of F-1 students at U.S.

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Even as relations between the U.S. and Russian governments hit a post-Soviet low point, due to the crisis in Crimea, administrators of educational exchange partnerships say business is largely continuing as usual, Inside Higher Ed reports.

Inside Higher Ed quotes Dr. Dan Davidson, President of the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, who notes that:

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