November 24, 2014 06:37 UTC

Education

US Hosts Record Number of Foreign Students

In this Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 photo, Kedao Wang, 21, of Shanghai, China, a senior at the University of Michigan walks on campus in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Almost 900,000 international students are studying in American colleges and universities today. Nearly half of this record number of foreign students are from Asia, mainly China. America also has more of the world’s 4.5 million international students than any other country. | Education Report More

Video US Teachers Reach Out to Indonesians in 'Access'

Access provides two years of free English classes to needy young people around the world. One of the largest Access programs is in Indonesia --with about 1,000 students. To find out if there will be an Access class near you, contact the U.S. Embassy in your home country.

In Kenya Prison, Criminals Become Students

In Kenya Prison, Criminals Become Students

Video Tips for Applying to US Colleges, Part Two

For part two of our tips for applying to American colleges, we visit George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. George Mason University is the largest public research university in the state of Virginia. It has about 33,000 students, and more than 100 different majors and specializations.

Audio Ebola Forces Sierra Leone Students to Learn by Radio

More than one million children in Sierra Leone have been unable to attend school because of the continuing Ebola crisis. But educational programs are now broadcast on 41 radio stations as well as the country’s only television station. The radio classes air three hours a day, five days a week.

Audio Writing Groups Can Help Students with Papers

Ms. Ahern-Dodson says that students usually share their writing only when it is completed and ready to give to the teacher. Instead, she suggests that you prepare an early draft version. Then, ask yourself who can give you helpful feedback, or reaction, on what you have written.

Video Tips for Applying to US Colleges

Editor's note: Here at VOA Learning English we get a lot of questions from our audience about higher education in the United States. So we visited several universities and spoke with students and administrators about your questions. The first school we visited was American University.

Audio Free Online Test Targets English Learners

The new exam is called the EFSET, which is short for Education First Standardized English Test. The company, Education First, is known by the letters EF. It operates schools and offices in more than 50 countries.

Audio Having Problems with a School Paper?

A Duke University expert advises against waiting to write until you’ve done all the research. Instead, write a little even if you are just half finished with the process. She says this way, you may get a better idea of what you want to understand and express.

Audio Getting Started with TOEFL

If you are interested in studying at an American university, you have probably heard about the Test of English as a Foreign Language. The test is widely known as the TOEFL. It is the most widely used language assessment exam for American universities.

Audio Is a College Education Worth the Price?

Attending a four-year college in the United States can cost more than $40,000 a year. That information comes from the College Board, a private company. Many people with a college education are drowning in student debt. They had to borrow money to finance their education.

Audio Tips for Better Writing

Everyone struggles with writing, however there are ways to ease your struggle when working on an essay or paper for class. Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, assistant professor of the Practice in Writing Studies at Duke University is here with some tips.

Audio Australia Links Aboriginal Aid to School Attendance

Parents in South Australia’s Aboriginal lands may lose some of their financial aid if they do not send their children to school. New rules link school attendance with payments for parents living. But the top advisor to the prime minister suggests other ways to get children to school.

Audio New US College Entrance Test Worries China

Recent changes to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) are creating some political unease in China. The new SAT will require test-takers to read from parts of the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence or other historical documents.

Audio Street Vendor Helps Poor to Learn English and Japanese

Two brothers are helping the Hanoi’s poorest students by giving classes in English and Japanese. Demand for the classes are growing. About 1,000 people are on a waiting list to enter. Ten people have offered to teach for free.

Audio Experts Share Tips for Writing School Papers

Many secondary and university students have returned to classes, or soon will. And some of you have told us that you worry about academic writing – writing for school. We know that writing papers can be hard – even a little frightening. Here are some tips.

Audio Changes in SAT Exam Make it Harder for Foreign Students

Changes to the US college entrance exam SAT will take effect in 2016. Those changes could make the tests more difficult for foreign students. | As It Is

Audio Progress Seen for Education in Africa

An United Nations report shows progress being made in education in Africa. But will all African countries meet the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015? | As It Is

Audio New Opportunities Open for Foreign Engineering Students

New scholarship opportunities are available for foreign engineering students to study and work in the United States. And, an American performer shares his talents with children in Rwanda. | As It Is

UN: One Million Syrian Children Are Refugees

Many of these children are separated from their family and not in school. In Burma, efforts are underway to build schools in rural areas. | As It Is

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