Strategic Internationalization

ROI and More: International Recruitment Metrics That Matter to University Leaders

Need to convince your provost to invest in new international student recruitment efforts? WES Deputy Executive Director Steve Literati provides a primer on the three financial metrics that university leaders need in order to decide. Read more.


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Nigeria: How Will the Economic Downturn Affect Outbound Student Mobility?

Nigerians comprise the 14th largest group of foreign students in the United States. As Nigeria struggles through an extended economic slump, how will outbound student flows be affected?


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Posted in Africa, Enrollment & Recruiting, Mobility Trends, Strategic Internationalization

Indian Master’s Students on U.S. Campuses: How Needs Differ Across Three Key Disciplines

Indian students are a rising force on U.S. campuses. But what are their motivations and experiences once here? WES examines insights from surveys of U.S.-enrolled Indian master’s students in three top fields – engineering, math/computer sciences & business. Based on original research.


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Posted in Asia Pacific, Current Issue, Enrollment & Recruiting, Original Research, Strategic Internationalization

Washington’s Patchwork Approach to Inbound Student Mobility: A Guide

The U.S. federal government lacks a unified policy solution to inbound student mobility, but programs and policies designed to attract and retain international students do exist, both within the State Department, and Customs and Immigration. Paul Schulmann offers an overview of the available resources, and tips for navigating them.


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Posted in Education Policy, Enrollment & Recruiting, Strategic Internationalization

Community Colleges: An Unexpected On-Ramp for International Students

More than nine percent of all international students in the U.S. attend community colleges. WENR examines enrollment trends, the challenges and benefits of internationalization at community colleges, and practical strategies for both two- and four-year colleges seeking to build on the trend.


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Posted in Americas, Enrollment & Recruiting, Mobility Trends, Strategic Internationalization

Beyond the Basics: Top-Line Recommendations for International Student ‘First Responders’

WES research suggests a clear tie between international student well-being on campus and the success of future recruitment efforts. It’s with an eye on these realities that we’ve outlined a handful of recommendations for those who most often interface with international students, for support services offices that tend to have a non-international focus, and for faculty engagement. Learn more.


Posted in Enrollment & Recruiting, Original Research, Strategic Internationalization

Alike but Unequal: Quality and Credentials In China’s International High School Sector

Last year, Chinese undergraduate enrollments in U.S. colleges and universities outstripped graduate enrollments for the first time ever. The quality of those students’ secondary schooling is directly relevant to their impact and experiences on campus. WENR offers an overview of the good, the bad, and the fly-by-night landscape of China’s international high schools to help institutions better manage their enrollment pipeline and student success.


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Posted in Accreditation and Quality Assurance, Asia Pacific, Credential Evaluation Issues, Enrollment & Recruiting, Strategic Internationalization

The International Student Experience: A Crucial Domain of Recruitment and Retention

International student alumni can be an institution’s biggest brand ambassadors, but only if they have a good experience on campus. The research team at WES surveyed almost 5,000 current or formal international students to learn more about what did and didn’t work for them during their time at U.S. institutions – and to develop actionable recommendations to help HEIs better meet student needs and future recruitment goals.


Posted in Enrollment & Recruiting, Original Research, Strategic Internationalization

Study Abroad: Can U.S. Institutions Do Better? Trends, Benefits, Access, and Equity

U.S. students’ study abroad participation rates are creeping up, while the duration of programs is plummeting. Available research can help shed lights on who gets to participate, the impact of short term programs, and how to increase both access and benefits for the widest possible range of participants.


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Recruitment Beyond China: Lower-Middle-Income Countries Show Promise

Student mobility from lower-middle-income countries is on the rise. That’s good news for U.S. colleges and universities that don’t have top-tier rankings.


Posted in Asia Pacific, Enrollment & Recruiting, Mobility Trends, Strategic Internationalization