Category Archives: Study Abroad

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Iran Sentences Princeton Ph.D. Student to 10 Years in Prison

A doctoral candidate in history at Princeton University who was doing research in Iran has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of spying for the United States, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

The student, Xiyue Wang, a 37-year-old U.S. citizen, disappeared months ago on a field trip to Iran. His arrest and conviction were only now officially made known by the Iranian judiciary.

A spokesman for Princeton said the university had already been aware of the arrest and had been work…

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Trump Administration Considers Measure to Make Staying in U.S. Harder for Foreign Students

Senior officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are reportedly considering a controversial plan to require more than one million international students to reapply annually to stay in the United States.

The proposal, first reported in The Washington Post, would require regulatory changes and so is far from a done deal. But coming on top of the Trump administration’s travel ban, it could prove to be a substantial blow to American colleges, which are already struggling to convince pros…

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U. of Illinois Ex-Grad Student Is Arrested in Disappearance of Chinese Scholar

Updated (7/1/2017, 1:27 p.m.) with news that the suspect is a former graduate student in physics at the university.

A visiting scholar from China who has been missing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for three weeks is believed to be dead, said law-enforcement authorities on Friday as they announced the arrest of a suspect in the scholar’s disappearance, according to The News-Gazette, a local newspaper.

The suspect, a 28-year-old former graduate student in physics at the unive…

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Supreme Court Will Review Travel Ban, but Allows It to Take Partial Effect in Meantime

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear President Trump’s appeal of two cases in which lower courts overruled his travel ban, but the justices allowed parts of the ban to take effect until they issue a ruling. With arguments scheduled for the autumn, a ruling on the appeal could be a year away.

For more, see this in-depth article from The Chronicle.

In an unsigned order accompanying its decision to hear the appeal, the Supreme Court essentially said that the federal government can enforc…

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Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Trump’s Travel Ban

President Trump’s travel ban took another hit on Thursday as a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., refused to reinstate the revised ban, which had sought to limit travel from a group of predominantly Muslim countries.

In its 10-to-3 decision, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit said Mr. Trump’s executive order establishing the travel ban, now in its second form, discriminated on the basis of religion. This version of the ban was first rejected in March, when a District Cour…

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Accreditor Proposes Ban on Paying Recruiters of International Students

A regional accreditor is considering a policy change that would bar colleges in its region from paying commissions to agents to recruit international students.

The accreditor, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, would block colleges in five mid-Atlantic states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, from giving “incentive payment” to recruiters “based on [their] success in securing student enrollment or financial aid.” According to a draft of…

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Second Effort at Travel Ban

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected the White House’s second effort to impose a travel ban that colleges have said would damage their appeal to international students and scholars but that President Trump has defended as necessary to protect the nation from terrorism.

In a 43-page ruling, Judge Derrick K. Watson of the U.S. District Court in Honolulu granted a request to issue a temporary restraining order, effective nationally, to prevent the new travel-ban policy from being carried out.

The …

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College Board Seeks to Tighten SAT Security Worldwide

The College Board, which owns the SAT, is taking steps to strengthen security following a wave of cheating and test stealing, the Associated Press reports.

In moves that will be formally announced on Wednesday, the New York-based company hopes to prevent leaks and dissuade potential cheaters. Planned reforms include cutting back on the number of international testing dates from six to four, communicating with law-enforcement agencies about people suspected of stealing test materials, and increas…

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Mexican Immigrant May Be First DACA Participant Arrested Under Trump

Federal authorities have arrested a 23-year-old Mexican immigrant who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and who might be the first participant in an Obama-era program for such immigrants to be detained since President Trump took office, reported the Reuters news agency.

In a tweet on Tuesday evening, the National Immigration Law Center called the news “unacceptable and horrifying.”

The immigrant, Daniel Ramirez Medina, has a 3-year-old child and no criminal record. He was det…

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17 Universities Join N.Y. Legal Challenge to Trump Immigration Ban

Seventeen universities filed a brief on Monday supporting a court challenge to President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

“While the executive order is currently limited to seven countries, its damaging effects have already been widely felt by American universities,” the amicus brief says. “When the executive order went into effect, the 90-day suspension of entry left some of amici’s students, faculty, and scholars stranded abroad, while others were unable to leave the United States to tr…