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US government to launch study abroad branch

In a bid to increase the number of US students with an international experience, the US Department of State will launch a study abroad branch that will push for diversity among study abroad participants, promote non-traditional destinations and build partnerships with foreign governments.

Abroad101 releases student review rankings

Students from the US have ranked courses in Costa Rica, Australia and Ireland as the best study abroad programmes in the Abroad101 2014 Study Abroad Rankings. The review website also announced listings of students’ top choices for summer programmes, foodie cities and budget destinations.