UK Student Visa Regulations to Become More Stringent, Not Less
January 31st, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

UK student visaInternational education is big business in the United Kingdom. According to the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, students from abroad infuse the nation’s economy with an estimated £8 billion ($12.5 billion) a year. Such an amount – which was on track, according to some experts, to double by 2025 – makes the industry an important source of monetary (and intellectual) capital for a country entering its fifth year of economic turmoil. Read the rest of this entry »

English Language Institutes benefit from International Student Skills Gap
January 22nd, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

No matter their name – be they schools, centers, or academies – English language institutes have seen an astonishing surge in student enrollment in the new millennium. While part of this rise is no doubt due to the ever-growing demand for English language skills in general and the overall uptick of international students in the US in specific, two intersecting factors are accelerating this increase still further. Read the rest of this entry »

Conditional Admission
January 15th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

Much to the delight of many would-be international students, the college admissions process is no longer a black and white affair. Indeed, given the ever-increasing contribution that international student enrollment make to both the campus diversity and bottom line of colleges and universities in the US, more students than ever are finding that the answer is not yes or no – but maybe.

Driven in part by the increased competition for international students among American institutes of higher education, more and more flexibility is being applied to admissions criteria. Thus, instead of relying purely on a student’s performance in secondary school or on a proficiency exam, such decisions are being made by holistically evaluating a combination of factors. If a given student’s English proficiency test scores fail to meet the establish benchmarks, then, an offer of conditional admission may be extended instead. Read the rest of this entry »

Pathway Programs
January 8th, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

shutterstock_8454925Many international students dream of studying in the US but even the most dedicated face many challenges on their way to the bright lights of American higher education. As many would-be international students know, any number of hurdles in the form of stringent academic standards, demanding entrance exams, and frustrating language barriers – not to mention a dizzying amount of intimidating visa regulations – can turn up on the road to a degree in the US. Fortunately, necessity is the mother of invention and a new breed of student-guidance programs has been created to help equip international students with the tools they need to make the transition to an American college or university.

These initiatives – known variously as “pathway programs,” “gateway programs,” and “foundation years” – have long existed in the United Kingdom and Australia but have only recently begun to make inroads in the United States. These initiatives are as different from one another as they are new to the market, however, so careful consideration of the available options is warranted. Read the rest of this entry »

Advantages of Private Student Loans for International Students
January 4th, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

If the best things in life are free then higher education in the US is the exception that proves the rule. Though there are bargains to be found, America’s world-class colleges and universities often have price tags that match their reputations. As costly as a college education in the US can be, however, tuition inflation – which has exceeded by far the nation’s overall rate of inflation for the last twenty years – means that already-high costs are sure to continue their upward trajectory. Fortunately, international students have a variety of means by which they can meet these financial obligations. Indeed, through a combination of personal bank holdings, scholarships, fellowships and private loans, students have ample means by which to meet these obligations. Read the rest of this entry »


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