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From kindergarten through high school, these formative years are a time of rapid learning: a period of setting the foundation for critical thinking, attaining new knowledge, preparing students to graduate and ultimately, to go out into the world as leaders of the next generation.

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This is a tale of two college campuses in the U.S.

At College A, you sense it immediately: upon entering the gates of campus or walking the greens, you see faces of all colors, shapes, and features; you hear voices in different tones, styles, and languages; you witness gesticulations from subtle to vibrant.

At College B, there is less of a dichotomy. The cacophony of voices might be more singular than opposing. The background and ethnicity of the campus body, especially students, might be more similar than different.

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For most undergraduate students pursuing a major in engineering, studying a foreign language—or studying abroad for that matter—is often overlooked due to an intense course load of math and science requirements.

But Anna, a junior at Case Western Reserve University working toward a major in mechanical engineering, studied Spanish, Chinese, and Russian during high school, where she developed a belief that languages were integral to her future career.

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Towards the end of an immersive summer in China, National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) students studying Chinese in Nanjing through a U.S. Department of State grant administered by American Councils, traveled to Shanghai for a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. The meeting was held at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai’s historic district, home to many embassies and historic mansions.

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In the 2014-2015 academic year, over 10,000 students from Turkey studied at a U.S. college or university. With the demand from Turkish students ever increasing for both undergraduate and graduate study in the U.S., EducationUSA and International Education Fairs of Turkey (IEFT) are teaming up to offer two full days of targeted college and recruitment events this fall in Izmir, Turkey.

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