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Webinar: Future-proof International Enrollment at American Universities and Colleges

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A variety of megatrends indicate that the next decade is likely to become even more competitive and disruptive for recruiting international students.

Despite the challenges, American higher education institutions have a significant opportunity and capacity to grow international student enrollment. International students comprise of only 5% in the total tertiary enrollment in the U.S. as compared to 18% for the U.K., 15% for Australia, 11% for Canada (OECD, 2017).

In this 60-minutes interactive Studyportals webinar, I will host a discussion with an expert panel on how U.S. higher education institutions can maximize the opportunities and overcome the challenges of growing and diversifying international enrollment? Join us for an insightful and engaging panel discussion with experienced professionals. 

Daniel Palm, Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives, Northern Arizona UniversityDavid Di Maria, Associate Vice Provost for International Programs, University of Maryland, Baltimor…

NAGAP: Innovative Strategies for Recruiting and Supporting International Students

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International graduate enrollment in Fall 2017 declined by 21,390 students. This translates into an estimated financial loss of $535 million in tuition loss. 
While many external changes are outside the control of university strategies, we must adopt innovative mindset and approaches to overcome constraints and achieve enrollment goals.
Vargo's defines innovation as “the co-creation or collaborative recombination of practices that provide novel solutions for new or existing problems.” 
Look forward to chairing a panel discussion at NAGAP, the Association for Graduate Enrollment Management annual conference in New Orleans with following panel of diverse institutional contexts: Timothy Council, Dean of Admissions at Claremont Graduate UniversitySimon Harley, Assistant Dean for Graduate Enrollment, Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, CUNY Michelle Vakman, Director of Graduate Admissions at New York Institute of Technology
- Rahul Choudaha

NAFSA research on landscape of third-party pathway partnerships in the US

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A recent report released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators aims to understand the scope of third-party pathway partnerships in the context of the US higher education and the viewpoints of international educators on these partnerships. The purpose was to establish a baseline of evidence on an evolving partnership model with private providers for international student enrollment.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha of DrEducation was the principal investigator of this commissioned research project entitled Landscape of Third-Party Pathway Partnerships in the United States. He was also the principal investigator of NAFSA's previous research report--Bridging the Gap: Recruitment and Retention to Improve International Student Experiences.

Here is the related coverage:
New study explores US educators’ views on pathway partnerships, ICEF Monitor
US HE: quality concerns main reason for eschewing pathways, The PIE News
Perceptions of pathway programs, Inside Higher Ed
• Slides from NA…

Brand awareness and feeder partnerships critical for success with international student recruitment: Global webinar

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Over 1,200 professionals from around the world registered to attend the global online discussion (webinar) on "International student mobility trends: Shifting recruitment priorities and strategies."   Around 37% of the registrants were from the USA, 12% from the United Kingdom, 6% from Canada and just over 45% from the rest of the world. Seventy percent of the professionals indicated that they have more than 10 years of working in higher education.

University World News, DrEducation and StudyPortals partnered to bring this webinar to a global audience. This webinar is the fourth in the series of webinars on international higher education organised by DrEducation with University World News. In total, over 4,000 people from around the world have registered for these webinars. Given below is the recording of the

Access the slides Related article - Brand is key challenge for international recruitment Related article - A perfect storm for international student mobility?


Rahul Chou…

Webinar: International student recruitment strategies in times of shifting mobility patterns

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The UK and the US are set on a path to creating more barriers to attracting and retaining international students. The two largest source countries of international students – China and India – are also experiencing economic challenges which in turn are likely to decelerate the ambitions and ability of students to go abroad.

The combination of these changes in the leading source and destination countries indicates that institutions must embrace themselves for a new environment of uncertainty, hyper-competition, and turbulence.

University World News, DrEducation, and StudyPortals partnered to convene an hour-long, free webinar on 12 April. It brought together a panel of experts to examine how they are adapting institutional strategies in a new environment. What are the strategic options institutions are considering in response to this turbulence? The discussion highlighted diverse perspectives to inform international enrollment strategies.
Access the Recording of the Webinar The hour-lon…

Three waves of international student mobility explain the past, present and future trends

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In my recent article “Three waves of international student mobility (1999–2020)” published in Studies in Higher Education, a leading peer-reviewed journal by Taylor & Francis, I have analyzed the past, present, and future of international student mobility from the lens of three overlapping Waves spread over seven years between 1999 and 2020. Here a Wave is defined by the key events and trends impacting international student mobility within the short periods of seven years.


Wave I was shaped by the terrorist attacks of 2001 and enrolment of international students at institutions seeking to build research excellence. Wave II was shaped by the global financial recession which triggered financial motivations for recruiting international students.

Wave III is being shaped by the slowdown in the Chinese economy, UK’s referendum to leave the European Union and American Presidential elections. The trends for Wave III show increasing competition among new and traditional destinations to at…

International graduate student career success: Institutional capacity and readiness

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Growing or sustaining international student enrollment requires enhancing the student experience and supporting their success, according to the recent article titled "12 Strategies for Building a Capacity for International Graduate Student Career Success." The article co-authored by Rahul Choudaha and Di Hu was published in the Spring 2017 issue of NAGAP Perspectives. With more than 2,000 members, NAGAP, The Association for Graduate Enrollment Management exclusively focuses on professionals working in the graduate enrollment management environment.

Given below is the excerpt of the article. Click here to access the full article.

International graduate students’ decision to study abroad is influenced by an interplay of financial investment and potential career opportunities. This is evident from the importance of funding opportunities like scholarships and assistantships in students’ search criteria. Likewise, it is well established that the prospects of finding job and inter…

Impact of temporary ban on seven Muslim countries on international students

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The overall impact of the recent ban on seven Muslim countries could be severe for enrollments at many higher education institutions. It will sharply drop the number of international students not only from these countries but other Muslim majority countries too like Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia were among top-15 places of origin sending international students in 2015/16, according to IIE.

Saudi Arabia, a key market for the US was already witnessing the drop in enrollment due to a cut in the Saudi government's scholarship program. The domino effect of this ban will further result in a precipitous decline of students from Saudi. Intensive English Programs and undergraduate programs are likely to suffer from enrollment decline in students from Saudi and Kuwait.

The ban will especially hurt graduate schools as a majority of the students from the seven banned countries and other Muslim countries like Turkey which were primarily enrolled in graduate level prog…

Number of international students on Optional Practical Training in the USA: Analysis of data and trends

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One of the leaked draft executive orders on Vox focuses on limiting legal immigration. It is entitled "Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs." Among its several provisions are the employment-based visas and Optional Practical Training (OPT). It states:

(iv) consider ways to make the process for allocating H-1B visas more efficient and ensure that beneficiaries of the program are the best and the brightest;

(vii) propose for notice and comment a regulation that would reform practical training programs for foreign students to prevent the disadvantaging of U.S. students in the workforce, better protect U.S. and foreign workers affected by such programs, restore the integrity of student visa programs, ensure compliance, and improve monitoring of foreign students

Vox reports that this order could "...reverse Obama’s extension of the duration of Optional Practical Training work visas and decision to allow the spouses…

Research on international student success: Principal Researcher of DrEducation serves as the special issues editor

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The Journal of International Students has released a special issue on International Student Success featuring a selection of research articles and commentaries to enhance institutional readiness for supporting and advancing the success of international students.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha, principal researcher, DrEducation served as the guest editor of the special issue. Dr. Krishna Bista, Chase Endowed Professor of Education, University of Louisiana at Monroe, is the editor-in-chief of the Journal.


The aim of this special issue is to advance the research agenda about the needs, experiences, and expectations of international students so that research can help build institutional readiness for supporting academic and career pursuits of international students.

This special issue includes a collection of 18 articles from 32 authors. They address several research concerns related to international student success including leadership self-efficacy, writing proficiency, mentorship, retention, stude…

Book: Six Steps to Success for International Students: Starting with Strengths and Opportunities

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Here is the summary of the recent book "From Departing to Achieving: Keys to Success for International Students in U.S. Colleges and Universities" by Ye He, Bryant L. Hutson, Michael J. Elliott and Jennifer L. Bloom. The book provides a strengths-based approach for international students to achieve their goals. 

Inevitably, international students experience a lot of differences as they embark on their academic journey in the United States. These differences may range from cultural norms, languages and dialects, to food, transportation, and daily routines. Many perceive these differences as gapsin knowledge or skills that need to be filled. International students often try to learn as quickly as possible from readings, peers, mentors, and advisors, but they may still feel like they are constantly playing the catch up game and can never be just like their American peers.

In the recent book titled “From Departing to Achieving: Keys to Success for International Students in U.S. …

Forbes: Data on enrollment and revenue growth trends at public research universities (Big Ten)

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How has enrollment, tuition, and revenue at Big Ten Public universities changed between 2007/08 and 2014/15? Data on international student enrollment shows that these leading universities have experienced a much faster rate of growth as compared to the national average. Given the high rankings and extensive history, these universities have a strong brand recognition among international students. Post-recession, while Big Ten universities have increased non-resident tuition they have managed to continue to attract international students. Is this growth sustainable?



Here is an interactive chart showing actual undergraduate tuition and international student enrollment for 2007/08 and 2014/15. (Tip: click drop-down under "size" to see the bubble sizes proportionate to revenue). This analysis is based on our recent "Big Ten Universities Become Bigger with International Students" article published in Forbes.





The number of international students in the U.S. universities a…

Plenary on global citizenship and student success at BUILA, UK Conference

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I will be presenting a plenary with Erich Dietrich, Assistant Vice President of Global Programs & Associate Dean of Global Affairs, New York University at The British Universities' International Liaison Association (BUILA), a membership organisation of 139 the UK higher education institutions and over 2,000 international recruitment and promotion professionals.
The overall theme of the conference is ‘A brave new world?’ will look at the competitiveness of strategies of British higher education institutions on a range of dimensions including rankings, recruitment, marking, study abroad and international partnerships. It is especially an interesting timing with Brexit which has a strong anti-immigration and anti-globalization rationales.

Larry Elliott, Guardian's economics editor noted that "Brexit is a rejection of globalisation...The EU has failed to protect its population from a global economic model that many believe is not working for them." Alan Ruby in his o…

Presenting on international student success at NASPA Region II Conference

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NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, with its 15,000 members is the leading professional association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession.

On June 5-7, NASPA Region II Conference will be held in New York City, at Jone Jay College of Criminal Justice. Over 600 higher education professionals will connect and share with each other new information, innovative ideas, and collaborative projects in advancing support and services to students at diverse colleges and universities.

I’m sure many are looking forward to meeting Dr. Kevin Kruger, NASPA President, and Dr. Shaun R. Harper, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, The University of Pennsylvania at the conference.

I will be chairing a session on "Supporting International Student Success" on Monday, June 6.


Here is the abstract: As the number of international students grow on many campuses, student affairs professionals are faci…

NAFSA research on landscape of pathway partnerships with DrEducation

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We at DrEducation are pleased to undertake a commissioned research for NAFSA on an emerging trend of recruiting international students through Pathway partnerships.

[Update: Final research report is available for download from NAFSA website]

The process of considering and implementing pathway partnerships has implications for campus stakeholders in different roles, including recruitment and admissions, academic services, and related support services.

In the first phase, the research analyzed publicly available data of 45 higher education institutions partnering with eight pathway providers. A working definition was developed along with a broad typology of pathway providers. The research examined key characteristics of institutions engaged in pathway relationships.

The next phase of the research will examine the complexity and diversity of decision-making processes related to pathway partnerships by taking a deeper dive into rationales, considerations and experiences of international e…

Including international students in Graduate Enrollment Management approaches and strategies

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American graduate schools are increasingly dependent on international students for meeting their enrollment goals. It is critical to deepen the understanding of diverse needs and expectations of international students and strengthen collaboration across decentralized institutional silos. Supporting international student success across their education lifecycle must rise on the agenda of institutional priorities.

Here is the link to my Forbes article with Di Hu "Growth in International Graduate Enrollment Calls for Support Across Student Lifecycle"



- Rahul Choudaha

Presenting at 2016 NASPA Annual Conference

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NASPA is the leading professional association of 15,000 members focused on student affairs. The 2016 NASPA Annual Conference will take place from March 12-16 in Indianapolis. It is expected that the conference will attract over 5,000 professionals. The 2016 theme is focuses on the role of student affairs in "working across functional boundaries to assure the continued well-being of students, adapt to new regulations, and react to crises and the increasing scrutiny higher education is facing."

The conference also features NASPA International Symposium to "foster professional collaboration and exchange among an international community of practitioners and researchers in the field of student affairs and services.

In addition to the Symposium, the main conference will include several sessions on international education theme. For example:
- Beyond Orientation: Creating Connections to Help International Students Transition to Campus
- Applying Comparative/International Educa…

Presenting at 2016 AIEA Annual Conference

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2016 AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators) Annual Conference in Montreal will be attended by over 700 participants from over 30 countries. The conference is mostly attended by institutional leaders (Senior International Officers) who are engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education.

I will be chairing two sessions at the conferences:

Tuesday,02/23 10:45am-12noon
Innovation in Global Engagement: What Works, What Doesn’t (Roundtable)
Innovation is defined as a process of creating value within constraints. In an environment of increasing complexity and change, infusing innovation in internationalization can help differentiate and shape the future of a university. This interactive session aims to discuss a range of innovative strategies and models that advance global engagement with a focus on what works and what doesn’t. • Jeffrey Riedinger is Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of Washington. He previously served as Dean of In…