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Weak dollar decreases study abroad trips

Concordia College officials are citing the weak dollar as one factor that has decreased participation in May Seminar study abroad trips. Concordia has 111 students on eight monthlong seminar programs to Africa, Latin America and several countries...

Concordia College officials are citing the weak dollar as one factor that has decreased participation in May Seminar study abroad trips.

Concordia has 111 students on eight monthlong seminar programs to Africa, Latin America and several countries in Europe.

Typically, Concordia has about 125 to 150 students who participate, but it's been down the past two years, said Dean Mark Krejci.

Many students choose to study in Europe, where the Euro is strong against the American dollar, Krejci said.

This year, it cost a little more than $7,000 for a May Seminar to Europe, he said.

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Some students decide they're better off to go for a semester than a month, Krejci said. The college also is trying to encourage students to travel to locations other than Europe, he said.

The decline comes at the same time that a new survey of overseas higher education institutions says U.S. students are the most sought-after international students.

The report by the Institute of International Education of more than 500 colleges and universities outside of the United States said virtually all of the colleges expressed interest in attracting more U.S. students.

The report, Meeting America's Global Education Challenge: Exploring Host Country Capacity for Increasing U.S. Study Abroad, is available at www.iie.org/StudyAbroadCapacity .

Tuition hikes limited

The board of trustees for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system supported a proposal on Wednesday to limit tuition increases.

Tuition at community colleges, including Minnesota State Community and Technical College, will increase an average of 2 percent.

Students at state universities, including Minnesota State University Moorhead, will see an average tuition increase of 3 percent.

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Annual MSCTC tuition for a full-time student will increase by $83 to $4,226.

Annual MSUM tuition for a full-time undergraduate student will go up $152 to $5,236.

This will be the lowest tuition increase students have seen since 1998.

Summer school

Fargo-Moorhead campuses are expecting stable enrollment for summer courses.

North Dakota State University should easily reach last year's summer enrollment of 3,544 students, said Registrar Kristi Wold-McCormick. Some classes have started, but the standard eight-week session begins June 8.

MSUM begins summer courses next week. Registrar Jayne Washburn said the university expects enrollment to be on par with last summer, which was about 1,900.

The Moorhead campus of MSCTC has 559 students registered so far for summer courses, which is on target with recent summers.

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Concordia has 332 students registered for the first session of summer school, which goes until June 6. A second session begins June 9.

Editor's note: This will be the last higher education notebook of the spring.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590 or adalrymple@forumcomm.com

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