There was a lot going on in international education and study abroad this week! Here are some of the top stories:
NYU: Sexton Hopes of Study Abroad Sites in Australia, South America and Africa
The President of NYU announced the possible plans to open up new NYU study abroad sites worldwide. While there are no definite plans for new campuses, they are looking into South America, Africa and Australia. The only definite for now, is that there will be no more European campuses in the near future. Australia is one of the places that are being seriously considered right now. There is a NYU campus opening up in DC which was made possible through a $10 Million Dollar donation. It will be a 75,000 sq. ft. LEED certified building. To read more about it, click here.
University of Oklahoma: Study Abroad Expansion Increases Student’s Skill Set
The University of Oklahoma has made it a mission to increase their study abroad program by 50 percent over the next four years. To help with this goal, the president increase the amount of study abroad scholarship money by $100,000. They currently have exchange agreements with 174 schools in 66 different countries. To read more about it, click here.
Americans Shy Away from Study in Asia
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published a piece that discusses how Europe still remains the most popular destination for study abroad students. Currently, only eleven percent of Americans choose to study abroad in Asia. One of the biggest factors, is that up until recently so few students took Asian language classes as children. Also, professors in the United States tend to have more ties with Universities and colleagues in Europe. Because of this, they are able to help their students find programs in Europe with more ease than China. Also, many students find the prospect of going to China much more daunting than a Westernized country such as England. To remedy this, some schools are attempting to get more students to Asia through short term and faculty-led programs. Students do not have to commit to a full semester of being in such a foreign country but can still get some experience in Asia. Clearly these efforts are paying off because according to the article, the number of US students studying in china has grown 200 percent over the past five years. To read more about Americans Studying in Asia, click here.
13 Year old UConn Student Denied Study Abroad
A thirteen year old student at the University of Connecticut has been denied enrollment in a course that requires fieldwork in South Africa. The UConn honors student signed up for an African ecology course that would help him complete his double major in environmental studies and evolutionary biology. His mother offered to pay her way to act as a chaperone but the request was still denied. To read more about it, click here.