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More U.S. Students Studying Abroad

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WASHINGTON (AP) - More U.S. college students are going abroad as colleges and universities beef up their international programs.

The Institute for International Education says more than 223,000 U.S. Students studied abroad in the 2005-2006 academic year. That's up 8.5 percent from the year before.

The U.K. is the leading destination, but study in Asia has grown 26 percent.

More students are also going to Latin America and the Middle East.

More International students are also coming to the U.S.

The I.I.E. says the enrollment of foreign students in American schools rose three percent last year, and first-time enrollment went up 10 percent.

The I.I.E. says most colleges were talking about internationalization but having trouble developing programs as recently as five years ago. 

Now, as the institute's president says, "more people have put the beef in the sandwich."