Exchanges in the media

In 2002, leaders of European Union member states called for “at least two foreign languages to be taught from a very early age.” In 2005, the EU’s executive body, the European Commission, declared a long-term objective “to increase individual multilingualism until every citizen has practical skills in at least two languages in addition to his or her mother tongue.” Progress on this initiative – often referred to as the “mother tongue plus two” – has, however, been slow, the New York Times reports.

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A growing number of U.S. universities and colleges are offering “transitional programs” to international students, in order to bridge the cultural gap that international students can experience when making the move to study at American colleges, The New York Times reports.

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A Mexican initiative known as “Proyecta 100,000,” which aims to increase the number of Mexican students in the U.S. to 100,000 by 2018, has gained support from the White House and other North American leaders, The PIE News reports.

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The recent crisis in Ukraine has highlighted the dangers of decreasing funding for study of the area and its languages, a report from The New York Times says.

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The U.S. Department of State released yesterday a Fact Sheet outlining the need for increased cooperation with Ukraine, including enhanced people-to-people exchanges. The report followed a meeting between new Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and President Obama.

The fact sheet outlines a number of steps the U.S. will undertake to assist Ukraine including the $1 billion loan guarantee the government is working with Congress to provide.

France recently announced plans to make the country more attractive to international students. The PIE News reports on the initiative, which includes plans to extend post-study work rights and to simplify administration around visa processing.

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A rapidly growing number of students in India are taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the entrance test used by most graduate school programs in the United States, the New York Times reports.

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The Institute of International Education (IIE) launched earlier this week Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative aiming to double the number of U.S. college students studying abroad. 

The number of international students enrolled at colleges and universities in the United States increased by 7 per cent to a record high of 819,644 in the 2012-13 academic year, according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report, released today. These international students contributed $24 billion to the U.S. economy in that same year, a recent economic analysis by NAFSA: Association of International Educators shows.

In a sudden shift, the number of Indian graduate students enrolling at U.S. graduate schools this fall increased significantly, while that of new Chinese grad students in the U.S. grew only slightly, a new report by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) finds.

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