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Schools Step Up International Recruiting

By CityTownInfo.com Staff
October 29, 2009

In an effort to give students a more global experience, some colleges are increasing their efforts to recruit international students.

Reuters reports that Kaplan International Colleges and the University of Utah will be beginning a Global Pathways Program in January 2010 which will prepare international students for admission to the university. The 12-month program will include intensive English language training, study skills preparation and the first year of a Bachelor's degree program. Students who complete the first year successfully can progress directly into their second year and choose from 75 different majors.

"Recruiting students from abroad is an important part of our growing focus on internationalization," noted Michael Young, president of the University of Utah. "We are pleased to partner with Kaplan, combining our unique educational strengths with their experience in recruiting extraordinary students from other lands. We look forward to this partnership leading to increased enrollment of international students at the University of Utah."

Similarly, the Missouri Department of Higher Education recently announced an initiative aimed at recruiting more international students to the state. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the Study Missouri Consortium will promote Missouri as a destination for international students through use of a Web site and various marketing initiatives. It plans to have a formal program in place by this spring, when the conference for NAFSA: Association of International Educators will hold its annual conference in Kansas City.

"That will be an opportunity for Study Missouri to highlight what Missouri can do in the area of international education," said Tim Gallimore, assistant commissioner of academic affairs for the state's higher education department. "That will be a very good time for us to get the initiative off and showcase the state of Missouri to the world."

Becky Brandt, associate director of admissions at the University of Missouri, noted that international students "bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with them when they come to the United States to study." She also pointed out that connecting with international students often encourages MU students to pursue study-abroad programs.

Corban College in Oregon, meanwhile, recently welcomed 11 students from Indonesia who were attracted to the Baptist school and its Bible-centered academic program.

"Part of our mission is to be a little more global," explained Martin Ziesemer, the school's vice president for enrollment management, who was quoted in the Statesman Journal. "And so the opportunity to educate these students. . .is something big."

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