Why do international students choose the USA?
There is a number of benefits to a university
that has a really diverse student population. What we think about first is for students
to come to campus, they add so much culture, they add a lot of value as they integrate
with other students, but I think what people often don’t think about is what the international
students bring to the domestic population. In a lot of universities in the US you have students who’ve never travelled abroad, now they’re sitting in a class with a student
from Indonesia, from China, from Brazil, and that education for them, that enrichment,
is incredibly powerful, and we see when a college is truly integrated, it thrives culturally and academically I think studying in the USA is still the American Dream for so many kids around the world, they grow up as little children thinking about that American Dream
of studying in one of the fifty states, and I think for a lot of them it’s the opportunity
to sit in the US education system. It’s the opportunity to be in a place where
they can thrive and grow and develop and most importantly now they can also stay and work.
I think that idea of the academic experience and the work experience is something that they think about as small children. The students also enjoy the community engagement and the campus engagement; there’s over 350 university clubs and organisations that students can
join and they find that it’s very easy to interact and join up with other Americans.
We do this across a number of major markets, so we have institutions across from the US and Canada, to Europe, the UK, of course down to Australia. We have been very proud of our
relationship with Study Group, we believe that this kind of program is very important
for preparing students from other countries to be successful in the classes and other
academic activities here at James Madison University. We have diversity of institutions-
so smaller colleges and universities that maybe want a more managed enrolment plan,
to very large universities that are enrolling 700-800 students a year. So the broad base
of scope, the amount of time that we’ve done this and the practice is probably more important,
second is student outcomes. If you look globally, the most important thing in making a decision about a pathway company is what happens to the student Do they finish the pathway? Are they successful in the college or university? And do they graduate? And I think globally our student
outcomes are phenomenal!