More American students seeking non-traditional study abroad programs

Earning college credits through a study abroad program can be a terrific adventure and a great way to get some valuable experience while you complete your degree. According to a new report by the Department of Education, more students are pursuing study abroad programs in more exotic destinations than ever before.

The study indicates that more than 10,000 additional students chose to earn some of their credits overseas, with figures rising from 260,327 in the 2008-2009 academic year to 270,604 last year. Although the UK, China, France and Spain were still the most popular destinations, 15 of the top 25 places to study abroad were outside of Western Europe, and 19 were in countries where English is not the primary language.

"For American students to be competitive in today’s globalized world, international experience is critically important," Assistant Secretary Ann Stock said in a statement. "Through innovative programs including Fulbright, critical language awards and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, American students have the opportunity to study abroad."

As more American students are choosing to study abroad, many foreign learners are keen to attend U.S. universities as part of their own study abroad programs. According to USA Today, the number of international students filling out college applications and earning college credit at U.S. universities and colleges increased by almost 5 percent last year.


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