Institute of International Education Beirut - Arabstoday A 2011 press release by the Institute of International Education indicates that during the 2009-2010 academic year, many bachelor\'s degree seekers chose to study abroad in less traditional locations. For example, 15 of the top 25 travel destinations for students were outside of Western Europe, while 19 were nations where the primary language was not English. The report also shows that there was a 44% increase in the number of students going to India, while countries like Israel, Brazil and New Zealand also saw growth in college travelers. InMore students are deciding to study abroad in cities like Beirut. More students are deciding to study abroad in cities like Beirut. recent years, students who want to expand their education in the Arab world have begun to flock to the Lebanese city of Beirut, Inside Higher Ed reports. While this area only recently ended its conflict with Israel, it has returned to the state of peace and stability that other Arab cities like Cairo and Damascus have not yet reached. Many schools will not support study abroad programs that allow students to study to countries with travel warnings. For this reason, some universities that hold to this policy have exchanged their international travel programs in Egypt and Syria with countries like Jordan, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.