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The UK’s tightening of student visa regulations not only encourages more students to study in the U.S. and in Canada, but could also cause long-term damage to UK universities and cost the country £2.4 billion over the next decade, the Guardian reports.

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In response to the current political unrest and protests held in Turkey, many U.S. universities are ending their study abroad programs or are arranging alternative plans for their students currently on programs in the country, reports USA Today.

As the Alliance reported last week, a Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) report revealed that international graduate school applications only grew by one per cent this year. A major factor in this slowing rate is a five per cent decline in applications from China, which had seen double-digit growth for the previous few years.

The decreasing number of international graduate student applications to U.S. campuses may cause the international education “bubble” to pop, potentially harming the U.S. academic and knowledge communities, according to a blog post published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The number of applications from prospective international students to U.S. graduate schools grew a mere 1 per cent in 2013, marking the smallest growth in these applications over the last eight years, a new Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) report shows. For comparison, the number of international grad school applications rose 9 per cent in 2012, and 11 per cent in 2011.

Speaking more than one language offers a broad array of benefits and advantages, according to Italian professor Antonella Sorace from the University of Edinburgh.

Engagement with the Middle East and North Africa, and other Muslim-majority countries, is “a top priority” for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs Meghan Curtis said last week at the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) conference in New Orleans.

A young woman who was adopted from Russia by an American couple in the 1990s has returned to her native country on a Fulbright scholarship, teaching English and working to improve the lives of Russian orphans, the Washington Post reports.

A growing number of U.S. students are choosing to explore higher education options in China “in a range of ways other than through traditional for-credit [programs],” University World News reports, citing a new study compiled by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

“2013 will be a year in which the higher education sector, under increasing pressure to justify its value, will face more regulations and greater expectations to become self-sufficient” and will face both technological challenges and opportunities, Dr. Rahul Choudaha, director of research and advisory services at World Education Services (WES), writes in a recent University World News article.

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