The number of American students studying in Kuwait recently plunged 50 percent in one academic year — well, that is, it fell from two to one.
In developing a new study abroad arm, America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. is counting on that number going up, as well as the number of Americans deciding to study in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia. Despite that shocking decline in Kuwait, the number of students studying in the Middle East and North Africa has been rapidly increasing, climbing in the Middle East, for instance, 30.8 percent in one year, from 1,977 in 2004-5 to 2,585 in 2005-6, according to data from the Institute of International Education.
Meanwhile, the study of Arabic at U.S. colleges increased 126.5 percent from 2002-6, according to the Modern Language Association.
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