American college students are becoming more adventuresome as they study abroad, showing less interest in English-speaking destinations such as Great Britain and Australia and more in such alternatives as China, India, Argentina, and Brazil.

Britain still remained the most popular study destination last year, according to annual figures released Nov. 13 by the Institute of International Education, followed by Italy, Spain, and France.

But the number of U.S. students studying in Britain and Australia declined slightly, even as the number of American students abroad rose 8 percent overall--to 205,983 in


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