U.S. Voters Support International Education, Poll Finds

Americans consider international education essential for today’s students, and they connect foreign-language learning and study abroad with improved prospects for success in the global marketplace, according to a survey commissioned by Nafsa: Association of International Educators. Conducted on the eve of the 2010 elections, the poll of likely voters found that 75 percent of respondents agreed that “unless our colleges and universities do a better job of teaching our students about the world, our children and grandchildren will not be prepared to compete in the global economy.” Nearly two-thirds said that without foreign-language skills, young people will be at a “competitive disadvantage in their careers.”

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