Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Bigger Proportion of U.S. Students Interested in Going Overseas

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Bigger Proportion of U.S. Students Interested in Going Overseas

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A new report by the British Council shows that more than half of young Americans would consider foreign study, compared with 20 percent of young Britons.

Bigger share of students in U.S. might study abroad

The percentage of American students who say they want to study overseas is almost three times that of their British counterparts, according to a new study that the British Council's research arm, Education Intelligence, released last week during the Going Global conference in Dubai.

Only 20 percent of students in Britain said they would consider studying overseas, compared with 56 percent of U.S. students, according to an online poll of more than 10,000 students conducted in cooperation with the National Union of Students in Britain and Zinch, an online student network in the United States.

Both British and American students cited similar hurdles: inadequate information about potential foreign destinations and the perception that overseas study would be too expensive. According to the new "Broadening Horizons" report, language and cultural barriers seemed to be less of a concern.

McGill and Toronto make changes in top positions

There have been major changes at the tops of two of the top- ranked universities in Canada.

McGill University in Montreal announced last Tuesday that Suzanne Fortier would become its new principal and vice chancellor in September, after she steps down as president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. In a city with language and cultural divisions, the local news media have noted that the Quebec native will be the first francophone to head the English-language institution.

McGill's current principal, Heather Munroe-Blum, the first woman to hold that post, will finish her term at the end of June. McGill's media relations office initially said that a new principal would be announced in February, but then backtracked, saying the decision had been delayed.

The University of Toronto said in a statement last Monday that Meric Gertler, the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science and an expert on urban issues, would be its newest president.

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