Study Abroad

Iran is increasing its efforts to attract more international students to study at its universities, according to a recent article by the Tehran Times.

While there are currently 14,000 international students studying across Iran, the country’s Fifth Five Year Plan plans to increase this number; the plan “envisages the enrollment of 25,000 foreign students at Iranian universities,” between 2010 and 2015.

The creation of Erasmus+, scheduled to begin in January 2014 and to continue through 2020, will allow for the interchange between EU and non-EU countries and help internationalize European higher education, according to a new report released by the European Commission (EC).

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Germany has become increasingly important as both a source of and destination country for international students and scholars, according to a recent report published by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

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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.

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