The NY Times opinion section has a article "The Next Great Migration" (here) by Thomas Chatterton Williams suggesting that more Black Americans should consider living abroad or, as the author writes, "A powerful way to sidestep Americ's reluctance to become postracial would be for more black Americans to become post national."
Williams further writes:
One solution would be to increase applications by black students to foreign undergraduate and graduate programs. Years ago, I worked briefly as a consultant for Sciences-Po, one of Paris’s famed grandes écoles, encouraging American high school students and their parents to pursue an English-language education abroad. Sciences-Po was an attractive offer for anyone — a world-class degree and alumni network for less than $2,500 a year. It should have been particularly appealing to blacks since, as Bloomberg recently reported, blacks rely far more on student loans and are less likely to pay off debts after graduation. Studying abroad would sharply decrease this burden (my alma mater, Georgetown, now costs a staggering $65,000 a year), and also provide an entree into expansive new job — and marriage — markets, too.
Yet it’s a strategy that is severely underused. I don’t think I convinced a single black student to attend Sciences-Po. And even though 15 percent of American post secondary students are black, we account for only about 5 percent of those who study abroad. This is a shame.
Learning foreign languages, especially early through dual language immersion programs, opens many alternative, foreign educational opportunities. I recommend Maya Frost's book "The New Global Student: Skip the SAT, Save Thousands on Tuition, and Get a Truly International Education" (here).
If public school districts paid for high school students to spend a year studying abroad, as they could at no additional expense, more students, some Black, would be more prepared to go to colleges and universities abroad. The issue is now before the Oregon Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education (here).