International education has not escaped the effects of last month's demonetisation of the Indian rupee. While the industry is unlikely to suffer in the long term, education agents have said there are short term implications to overcome.
The president and CEO of the Institute of International Education has called on President-elect Donald Trump to give all college students a free passport to boost study abroad and intercultural competency.
Buy-in from top-level management leading the charge to increase study abroad will be crucial if the US is going to meet its goal of doubling its outbound students by 2020 – and to broaden the diversity of the cohort going overseas.
Many students who have access to international experiences don’t realise their value until after they have graduated, according to a recent survey. Study abroad, language courses and intercultural exchanges are all overlooked by students, it found.
As conflict and terrorist attacks around the world prompt fears over student safety, some US universities have suspended study abroad programmes in Turkey and elsewhere in Europe while others remain defiant in the face of violence.