The rapid spread of Christianity is forcing an official rethink on religion
Read the article on Christianity in China from The Economist here.
Excerpts that affect international students:
Obama’s most significant actions affecting higher education directly, though, relate to international students.
The administration announced several actions that have direct or indirect implications for international students seeking to stay in the U.S.
Citing the need to strengthen and extend job training for international graduates of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs at U.S. universities, the White House announced that the Department of Homeland Security would propose changes to “expand and extend the use” of the Optional Practical Training program, which provides temporary work authorization to international students for 12 to 29 months post-graduation. The White House also said that it would “require stronger ties” between students participating in OPT and the colleges and universities from which they graduated. No further details on this were available on Thursday night.
The president’s plan does not call for increasing the cap on the number of H-1B visas, which provide a path to permanent residency for international students seeking to remain in the United States and for which there are currently 85,000 slots per year (about a third of which go to former international students, according to a recent Brookings Institution analysis). The administration is, however, finalizing regulations first proposed in May that would allow spouses of certain H-1B visa holders to work, and on Thursday it announced plans to ease some employment and travel-related restrictions for individuals waiting to obtain lawful permanent resident status.
You can read the entire article here.
Posted on 18 November 2014 by International Student Voice Magazine
Each year an annual report shows how many international students study in the U.S., as well as U.S. students studying abroad. Take a look at the positive impact students make around the world!
The Institute of International Education released it’s annual Open Doors report. This a report that gives a comprehensive picture about the number of international students in the U.S., their countries of origin, their distribution throughout the U.S., the degrees and academic levels of pursuit, and the impact they have on the U.S. economy in the Federal, State and local level. The report also provides data about the numbers of U.S. students studying abroad and lists their study destinations.
This year’s report for 2013-2014 showed the number of international students in the U.S. increased to the highest number U.S. history.
Total number of international students in the U.S. is 886,052 This is an increase of 8 percent from last year.
You can read the entire article here.
November 17, 2014
By Elizabeth Redden
The number of international students enrolled at U.S. universities increased by 8.1 percent, to 886,052 in 2013-14, according to "Open Doors," an annual report on student mobility published by the Institute of International Education. The number of Americans studying abroad increased by 2.1 percent, to 289,408 in 2012-13.
There are few big surprises in the Open Doors data, which by and large reflect a continuation of recent trends. Indeed, international student enrollments at U.S. universities increased for the eighth consecutive year, with much of that growth once again being driven by a big increase in the number of students coming from the number-one sending country, China (up 16.5 percent). Chinese students now account for 31 percent of all international students in the U.S. -- up from 11 percent in 2000.
Given the large number of students involved, any sign of a change in the trend from China is closely watched. While data released last week by the Council of Graduate Schools showed that the number of first-time students from China at U.S. graduate schools dipped by 1 percent this fall, the Open Doors data -- which are for not this academic year but for the last -- showed increases in total enrollments from China at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (up 17.9 and 11.8 percent, respectively), as well as in non-degree programs such as English language courses (up 3 percent).
International Students in the United States and Study Abroad by American Students are at All-Time High
New York University is #1 for both international students and study abroad; Students from India increase after three years of decline; Strong growth from China continues; Study abroad by U.S. students grows, but at a slower rate
November 17, 2014—The 2014 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released today, finds the number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by eight percent to a record high of 886,052 students in the 2013/14 academic year, confirming once again that the United States remains the destination of choice for higher education. The United States hosts more of the world’s 4.5 million globally mobile college and university students than any other country in the world, with almost double the number hosted by the United Kingdom, the second leading host country. The report also found that more American students—a total of 289,408—studied abroad for academic credit from their U.S. colleges and universities, although the two percent increase represents a slightly slower rate of growth than the previous year. The Open Doors® report is published annually by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Here are some highlights pulled from the article at
The overall number of international students in the United States has grown by 72 percent since the first International Education Week briefing was held in 2000. There are five times as many Chinese students on U.S. campuses as were reported in Open Doors 2000; almost two and a half times as many Indian students; seven and a half times as many Vietnamese students; and more than ten times as many Saudi students. The number of U.S. students studying abroad has more than doubled in the last 15 years.
In 2013/14, there were 66,408 more international students enrolled in U.S. higher education compared to the previous year. While students from China and Saudi Arabia together account for 73 percent of the growth, a wider range of countries contributed to the increase, with India, Brazil, Iran and Kuwait together accounting for an additional 18 percent of growth. The number of Indian students increased by 6 percent to 102,673, reversing a three-year trend of declining numbers of Indian students at U.S. campuses. The fastest growing student populations in the United States in 2013/14 were from Kuwait, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia, all countries whose governments are investing heavily in scholarships for international studies, to develop a globally competent workforce. The fastest growing region this year was the Middle East and North Africa, with an increase of 20 percent in students enrolled in U.S. higher education. There were eight percent more students from Latin America and the Caribbean, which has benefited from support from 100,000 Strong in the Americas, a public-private partnership led by the U.S. State Department. Students from Asia increased by 8 percent as well, driven by a 17 percent increase from China.
International students make up just over four percent of the total U.S. graduate and undergraduate enrollments combined.
Forty-one states experienced growth in the number of international students, with 18 states growing at a faster rate than the national increase of 8 percent. New York University became the leading host university for international students this year, after twelve years during which University of Southern California was the leader. For the first time ever, four institutions broke the 10,000 mark: New York University, University of Southern California, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, and Columbia University, which each hosted more than 10,000 international students.
Posted on 13 November 2014.
President Barack Obama announced a new reciprocal agreement between the United States and China regarding travel visas. Read more!
Under a new agreement between the United States and China, student and exchange visas will be extended to five years and business and tourist visas will be extended to 10 years. This change in policy went into affect November 12.
President Obama made the announcement on November 10 during his stay in Beijing for the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.
More than 1.95 million non-immigrant visas were processed for Chinese nationals during the 2014 fiscal year, according to the U.S. Department of State. Chinese students make up the majority of international students in the United States.
Valerie Jarrett, one of Obama’s senior advisors announced that the new visa policy will bring $85 billion per year to the U.S. economy and support 440,000 U.S. jobs.
November 12, 2014
By Scott Jaschik
The enrollment of new graduate students from outside the United States is up 8 percent this year at American graduate programs, according to data being released today by the Council of Graduate Schools. That's down slightly from a 10 percent gain a year ago, but the same increase of the prior two years before that.
While the overall growth rate is strong, there was a slight (1 percent) drop in the enrollment of new students from China this fall, compared to a year ago. China is the top provider of international students to the United States. Enrollments from South Korea and Taiwan were also down. India had the second year of large increases, and Brazil's numbers (though building from a relative small base) are way up.
Read the entire article at https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/11/12/foreign-grad-population-increasing-india-not-china.
Long story short, I was visiting our sending church two weeks ago (South Shore Baptist in Hingham, MA) and saw a flyer how the church is helping host the ISI Thanksgiving Conference in Boston. I spoke with the Elder who is working with ISI (Eldon Abbott) and I gave him 200 copies of an evangelistic soccer film that I helped create called The Prize: Under Pressure . This film is in 35 languages on a single DVD and in 49 languages online.
With soccer being the global sport, I thought it would be a great gift for the families to give to the students that they host. I have worked with Bridges International on this same concept, and they have used our multi-language films extensively with International students on college campuses and in homes with host families. It has been neat to hear stories of how the host family has watched it in English before hand, and then had their guest watch it in their heart language. Afterward, they can talk about the content which opens the door to spiritual conversations.
Today, I simply wanted to:
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