Study Abroad

Students who participate in study abroad, or “sojourning”, have a higher level of emotional development than those who do not study abroad, according to a recent study published by the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany

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In response to an increased international demand for U.S. summer camps, many universities and school districts across the U.S. are “developing home-grown summer enrichment programs,” which target the rising middle class in countries such as China who “can send their children to experience American life – and possibly set the stage for going to college in the USA,” USA Today reports.

After a travel warning issued by the U.S. Department of State urged “U.S. citizens to defer travel to Egypt” and instructed “U.S. citizens living in Egypt to depart…because of the continuing political and social unrest,” many public and private programs, including university study abroad groups, have decided to evacuate their participants from Egypt. Below is a list of articles detailing the evacuation of international exchange participants:

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During the 2011-2012 academic year, the European Union’s Erasmus exchange program (EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) saw record-high participation, with more than 250,000 students attending “one of around 4,000 higher education institutions across 33 participating countries across Europe, Euronews reports, citing a recent press release from the European Commission.

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Many Chinese students who study abroad in the U.S. use the experience to explore personal freedoms, unlike their predecessors who pursued political freedoms, The Atlantic reports.

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The rate of graduation for international students “[has] a marked impact on estimated graduation rates” and can mask the actual graduation rates within a country, a recent University World News articles states, citing the findings from the recent OECD Education at a Glance report.

In a video message recorded for the 4th annual EducationUSA Forum held in Washington, DC June 26-28, Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized the importance of exchanges and the long term positive repercussions they have for the U.S. and its relationships with countries around the world.

The continued higher education dialogue between India and the U.S. has helped increase educational opportunities in India as well as people-to-people exchanges between the two countries, Secretary Kerry noted in his opening address at the 2013 Higher Education Dialogue in New Delhi earlier this week.

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The number of international students will continue to rise over the next ten years as a result of a larger global higher education population and the U.S. will likely remain the top location for students seeking international higher education, a recent NAFSA: Association of International Educators article reports.

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A recent blog post on U.S. News highlights four factors grad schools commonly consider when evaluating international student’s graduate school applications.

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