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Study Abroad in Iraq

Don’t can your Barcelona or Amsterdam study-abroad plans just yet: Classes in Iraq, offered by The University of Maryland University College are only available to service members. But the program is reflective, reports The Washington Post, “of the greater stability in Iraq, as violence has dropped, and of the number of American troops leaving small urban outposts for large bases where the courses are taught.” While in Baghdad, students should take the time to visit the new American embassy, which opened today. According to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, the $700-million embassy is “a symbol of the deep friendship between the two peoples of Iraq and America." The 104-acre complex is surrounded by reinforced concrete walls.