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England's foreign students fall for first time in 30 years

The number of international students attending England's universities has dropped for the first time in three decades, a study said Wednesday, with students from India and Pakistan hit by tighter visa rules. The Higher Education Funding Council for England found foreign student numbers declined by 1.5 percent in 2012-2013 -- the first fall in 29 years. Numbers fell to 307,205, down from 311,800 the previous year. The drop raises concerns that tougher immigration laws are driving away genuine students and risking the higher education sector's income.

More than 70,000 Koreans study in U.S.: report

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (Yonhap) -- More than 70,000 South Koreans studied at U.S. universities and colleges last year, representing the third-largest number of international students here, according to a formal report issued Monday. The total number of foreign students in U.S. higher education increased 7 percent to a record high of 819,644 in the 2012/13 academic year from the previous season, said the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State's annual "Open Doors" report.

U.S. universities see record number of foreign students, many from China

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 800,000 international students studied at U.S. colleges and universities last year, a record high fueled largely by an influx of young scholars from China, U.S. data released on Monday showed. That is a 7 percent increase - or 55,000 students - from the 2011 academic year, according to annual findings from the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State's annual "Open Doors" report.

Factbox: Five top host countries for Americans studying abroad

(Reuters) - The number of U.S. students enrolled in full-degree programs at universities outside the United States grew 4 percent to about 46,000 last year, according to a report by the Institute of International Education's Project Atlas. Shaving thousands of dollars off their tuition bills is a prime motivation for many Americans studying abroad. Below is a more in-depth look at each of the five top host countries for American undergraduates enrolled in degree programs outside the United States, according to the report.

Minister eyes scholarship for short-term overseas study

Education minister Hakubun Shimomura unveiled Wednesday a plan for the government to provide scholarship to help high school graduates take part in short-term overseas study programs that would fill the period after graduation if universities shift their admissions to fall. In a speech delivered in Washington, Shimomura said, "There will be a half-year period after (students) graduate in March until fall admission to university. The state will provide grants to those students going abroad during that period."

For overseas students, Boston bombs hit home

The death of a Chinese student in the Boston bombings presents a potential image nightmare for US higher education, determined to counter perceptions that the United States is unsafe. A Chinese woman studying for a master's degree in statistics at Boston University was identified among the three dead in Monday's attack on the city's famed marathon, which also wounded some 180 people.
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