We have this fine line as an organisation with a mission to balance national security but also provide the opportunity for legitimate students to come to the United States and attend legitimate schools. It’s a fine line.
By the end of the summer President Obama will take administrative action to reform the US’s immigration system after lack of action from the House of Representatives to vote on an immigration bill passed in the Senate last June. “America cannot wait forever for them to act," he said.
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) giant Coursera has lifted restrictions to students in Iran put in place earlier this year in compliance with US export control regulations. The restrictions on provision in Iran, Cuba, Syria and Sudan came into force when the US government released "a clearer interpretation" of how export control regulations relate to MOOCs.
The fourth annual GoAbroad.com Innovation Awards took place in San Diego during NAFSA's annual conference. Delegates gathered to recognise the winners of 10 awards celebrating innovative approaches to work and study abroad. STA Travel sponsored a new category, "Start the Adventure", offering a $1000 cash prize for both the winner and their institution.
International students and educational institutions in the US have very different perceptions of retention factors, NAFSA research reveals. The study compares the reasons given by institutions and international students to explain why international students quit degrees before completion.
Two US states are working on legislation that they hope will protect the interests of students who study abroad. In New York, proposed legislation would force colleges to fully disclose the costs of their study abroad programmes, while a new Minnesota bill would require institutions to file annual reports on student deaths, accidents and illnesses that occur during study abroad.
Last week Minerva Schools at KGI based in the USA announced that it will welcome two sections of its founding classes in September. The institution claims to have "reinvented the university experience" with online delivery and will be granting the first cohort of students four years' of free tuition.
The FBI has issued a warning to US students studying abroad of the dangers of being targeted by foreign intelligence recruiters. On the agency's website it has posted a 30-minute video featuring a real-life story as well as tips on what students can do to protect themselves abroad.