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Three HE alliances for Shorelight Education

US-based Shorelight Education has closed agreements with the US's second largest university, University of Central Florida, as well as Fordham University in Manhatten and Bath Spa University in the UK. Shorelight says it has the capital to make universities' international dreams a reality.

US: postgrad applications slow, but India climbs

Applications to US graduate schools grew at their slowest rate in eight years in 2013 driven by a fall in Chinese interest, a survey from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) shows. However, this was offset in part by a large rise in Indian applications which agents put down to improved post-study work rights for STEM students.

More British students choosing the USA

British students increasingly want to study at US universities as they face higher fees and graduate unemployment at home, the research organisation World Education Services claims. It found a 22% rise in applications in 2008-2010 and 13% in 2010-2012 – and says numbers will climb again next year.

US: House passes STEM act, but Senate?

The US House of Representatives last week voted to make 55,000 more green cards available to foreign students graduating in the USA with advanced science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees. But opponents, including NAFSA, believe it will not pass the Senate.

USA: SEVP reveals new visa and vacation policies

During an advocacy day held for English USA members, US government agency, SEVP, informed universities that that they would no longer be able to issue I-20 visas for degree-seeking students on condition of a student improving their English level. They will have to reapply for a new I-20 upon completion of their English level; this is one of several policy adjustments..