The number of U.S. students studying abroad has increased to 270,604 in 2009-2010, and more students are studying in less-traditional destinations than in previous years, according the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange released on November 14, 2011.
U.S. Department of State programs like the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program are enabling U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study critical foreign languages in less-traditional destinations like India, Indonesia, Tunisia and Turkey.
“Studying in Indonesia on the CLS Program was an excellent opportunity,” said Emily Jenkins, who participated in the program in summer 2011. “My language skills have blossomed, I developed a network of friends and colleagues in Indonesia, and there were cross-cultural exchanges between me and the Indonesians I met. Learning while being in the country provided a unique experience to constantly practice the language and ‘live’ the culture.”
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