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Growing up, traveling abroad seemed like such a privilege. Sure I had friends and family who went on vacations outside of the U.S. to the Caribbean, Mexico, or Canada but beyond that I was under the impression that you needed to be pretty well off or had to save up for a vacation...
If you're close to finishing your time in high school, there's one question you'll hear from friends and family incessantly: " So, what are you doing next year? " Everybody wants to know. But what if you don't know yourself? A common dilemma for many students at the end of their...
Moving abroad can be tough. If you don't know anyone at your destination, forming a new group of friends can take time - toss in the language barriers and the different cultures, and your problems are only exacerbated. While going abroad as part of a formal program or tour group...
The chance to spend any amount of time studying in a foreign country is one that most if not all students jump at when given the chance. No matter what degree you’re pursuing, be it Spanish, Portuguese, science, or social studies, the benefits to studying abroad are as...
There’s a reason the saying “dress to impress” has been around for so long – it’s a valuable piece of advice. While arriving overdressed might be awkward at someplace like a swim meet or frat-sponsored toga party, it’s generally a good rule of thumb for more formal events like...
We prize the yearly release of the IIE Open Doors data for the snapshot it provides, but what about the longer-term picture from the past decade? How has the popularity of studying in different regions of the world grown relative to others? Over the course of six months, Go...
Asia has gone from minor destination to major player on the study abroad stage. The number of students traveling to Asia grew 194% from 2002 to 2011 and now makes up 12% of global study. However, growth slowed and 2011 saw the first drop in students to the region since 2003....
Africa has grown fast (192%) over the past decade, but still makes up less than 5% of US students abroad. Rapid growth from 2004-2010 cooled in 2011 due to slowdowns in the popular destinations of South Africa, Ghana, and Kenya. Central and East African nations continue to see...
True to the global trend, less-visited destinations in Europe showed higher growth rates. Turkey and southeastern Europe grew more than tenfold, while traditionally popular destinations like France and the UK did not keep pace with the global average. Of the more traditionally...
Latin America is the destination of choice for 15% of all US students abroad, a proportion that has been flat for the decade. The region grew 70% from 2002 to 2011, the same rate as the average for the world. True to global trends, growth in Latin America came from smaller, less...

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