The fact that the interest toward Russia among American students is steadily growing indicates that exchange programs remain a powerful tool of rooting out the cold war mentality.
Although U.S.-Russian relations are not in good shape and the image of Russia leaves much to be desired in the United States, there has been a growing interest in Russia among American students.
According to data from American Councils for International Education, around 900 American university students come to Russia annually, while the total number of high school students is approximately 250 (not counting tourism and short-term, teacher-led visits of less than one month).
Read the full story: Why American students still go to Russia.
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