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Turkmenistan Eases Restrictions For Studying Abroad

ASHGABAT -- Turkmen authorities have annulled a recently approved rule that requires students to obtain permission from several state agencies if they want to study abroad, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reports.

The Turkmen State Immigration Agency says students must now only be registered at the Education Ministry, which will make it much easier for them to study abroad.

The strict requirements were approved by the government on August 1.

Local residents say the cancellation of those strict regulations came after extensive coverage by international media about them.

There are some 6,000 Turkmen students studying in Kyrgyzstan, and there are thought to be several thousand others studying in other foreign countries.