Conditional Admission
January 15th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

shutterstock_59439031Much 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 »

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