As White House Pushes Study Abroad in China, Educators Question the Logistics

January 19, 2011

An Obama administration goal to double the number of Americans studying in China by 2014 got a high-profile endorsement on Wednesday from Michelle Obama, who called such student exchanges "a key component of this administration's foreign-policy agenda" in a speech at Howard University. International educators' excitement at this national spotlight on study abroad, however, is tempered by serious concerns about the achievability of such an ambitious target.