Double the number of US college students studying abroad? Generation Study Abroad

Generation Study Abroad That's the new campaign from the IIE, the Institute of International Education.  The aim is to double the number of US college students going overseas. In ten years. Why?  The number of US students who went overseas in 2011-12 was 295,000. It's pitiful. By comparison, China has 235,000 in the US, and that…
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Japanese Students in US Colleges Will Triple in the next Ten Years

I teach in Japan. Looking at the trends here, what is certain to happen, I have no doubt that the number of Japanese studying in international colleges will increase, by 300%, over the next ten years. The growth will come mainly in universities in English-speaking countries, in particular the United States. Why? Japan's current educational…
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Coursera and Four Reasons to Love it

Four reasons to love Coursera Do you love learning new things? Elearning is Fun! It think that most teachers love to learn. If so, you should try Coursera. 1.  Coursera is great because you can take college courses that interest you in many subjects. They have cooking courses, psychology courses, literature courses, computer language courses,…
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International Students in the US at a Record High, US Students Overseas Increase

More students from overseas are coming to the US to study, according to a new study that was released today by the Institute of International Education. The report also says that more US students are going overseas to study. The International student data is from 2012/13 while the US student data is 2011/12. The top…
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The Good Points of World University Rankings

University rankings have good points. Some believe that colleges spend too much time and money on the ranking game. However, this often has a good effect. From the Chronicle   Competition to improve rankings drives universities to better themselves. They must improve education.  They have to make their student to faculty ratio better.  They have…
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Japan’s Center Test to Become an Achievement Test, or Goodbye Center Test

The Japanese government is considering changing the Center Test from an entrance exam into an achievement test, something like the America's SAT.  By this, the government aims to change the college exam system from an test-based system to a system that looks at grades, achievement, activities, and ability.  Since the Center Test is the largest…
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University Rankings: When are they important?

Many places rank universities, but do these rankings matter? It depends.  Few people choose universities based on rank only, but sometimes, rankings are useful. Elmira College, taken by HckySo But first, where do the university rankings come from? The USA Today puts out a well-known ranking of US colleges and universities.  For international universities, probably…
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International Students and Two Year Colleges

Two year colleges and international education Lately, many international students are choosing to study at two-year colleges, or community colleges.  I noticed this a few years ago when some of the Japanese students I taught began looking for colleges to attend.  Why? Cost.  The cost of college is not cheap, and international students end up…
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Education, learning, and teaching in Japan

Japanese college students don’t want to study overseas.

Fewer Japanese students are studying abroad than just 8 years ago, and the number has been slowly declining. According to Tokyo Times, The number of Japanese students studying overseas peaked at 82,945 in 2004 and fell to 58,060 in 2010, according to the Ministry of Education. Fewer than 20,000 Japanese students studied in the United…
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What do Colleges Gain from International Students?

Why do colleges want international students so much? Money.  That’s the biggest reason, but there are several others. Let’s take a look. We will start first with the money.  Since most international students pay full fees for college overseas, this comes to a huge amount in colleges that attract many international students.  One good place…
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