WENR, December 2017: Americas

Brazil: New Internationalization Plan for 2018

Seven months after the termination of the Science Without Borders program, Brazil has announced a new internationalization strategy called the Institutional Program for the Internationalization of Brazilian Higher Education and Research Institutions (Capes-PrInt). The USD $90 million dollar budget for Capes-PrInt will be allocated for internationalization projects at individual education and research institutions, with 70% of these funds earmarked for international partnership plans. The program is slated to last four years and will commence in August 2018.

Inside Higher Ed
December 7

U.S.: Tuition-Waver Provision in House Tax Bill Potentially Devastating for Grad Students

In the past month, both the House and Senate have passed tax plans whose differences will be reconciled by a conference committee. A component of the House’s proposal would treat tuition wavers as taxable income “meaning many students would be taxed for roughly twice the income they actually see in their bank account”. This provision has sparked wide-spread protests, including one at Representative Paul Ryan’s office earlier this month, and it’s unknown whether it will be included in the final piece of legislation.

Inside Higher Ed
December 6

U.S.: More Students Studying Abroad in Latin America

Latin America is growing in popularity among study abroad students from the U.S. According to recent IIE Open Doors data, of the 325,339 students who studied abroad during the 2016-17 academic year, 53,000 were in Latin America and the Caribbean, up 6% from last year. For students that pursued work and internship experiences abroad, Latin America was the top destination. Thirty-eight percent of non-credit students went to Latin America, 14 percent to Europe and 10 percent to Asia.

Miami Herald
November 24

Canada: International Student Enrollment Gains in 2016

In 2016, Canada saw a significant jump in new international enrollments, at 22%, and the overall international student enrollment increased 17.5% according to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). Indian students were a key driver to this trend; their numbers increased 57%. While it has been common to point to the “Trump effect” for Canada’s robust growth, these figures predate his election and highlight a growing interest in Canada as a destination thanks to factors such as affordability, job opportunities, and relatively lax visa requirements.

ICEF Monitor
November 22

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