[NYT] For American Students, Life Lessons in the Mideast

The New York Times (August 6, 2010)

“For American Students, Life Lessons in the Mideast” by Jennifer Conlin


In what educators are calling the fastest growing study-abroad program, American college students are increasingly choosing to spend their traditional junior year abroad in places like Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates, wanting to experience the Arab world beyond America’s borders and viewpoints.

According to a February 2010 report from the Institute of International Education, a private nonprofit group that administers the Fulbright program for the United States government, the number of American students studying in Arabic-speaking countries increased sixfold to 3,399 in 2007 from 562 in 2002.

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