International Students




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Emily Williams Knight, Ed. D. Managing Director, Higher Education North America Study Group:

“There are a number of benefits to a university that has a really diverse student population. What we think about first is for international 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 don’t think about is what the international students bring to the domestic population.

So in a lot of universities in the US, you have students who’ve never travelled abroad . . . now they’re sitting in a class with students from Indonesia, China, 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.

Why are international students choosing the USA?

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 the American Dream of studying in one of the fifty states.

And for a lot of them, it’s the opportunity to sit in the US educational 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. A one-year work visa extension is available to Study-Group recruited graduates in the USA provided they find a job within sixty (60) days of graduation.

I think that idea of the academic experience and the work experience is some-thing that they think about as small children.”

Adam Copeland, Senior Center Director, James Madison University International Study Center:

“The students also enjoy the community engagement and the campus engage-ment; there’s over three-hundred-fifty (350) university organizations that stu-dents can join. And they find that it’s very easy to interact and join up with other Americans.”

Why work with study group?

Emily Williams Knight, Ed. D. Managing Director, Higher Education North America Study Group:

“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.”

Linda Halpern, Vice Provost, James Madison University:

“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.

Emily Williams Knight, Ed. D. Managing Director, Higher Education North America Study Group:

We have a diversity of institutions, so smaller colleges and universities that may-be want a more managed enrolment plan, to very large universities that are en-rolling seven-hundred to eight-hundred students a year.

We have twenty-three (23) years of experience, with over seventy-thousand (70,000) students recruited from a hundred-sixty-three (163) countries in 2016.

So the broad base of scope, the amount of time that we’ve done this and the practice is probably the most 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!


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Nursery School, Pre-School. The higher education officials want only students from Virginia and other parts of the United States to come to James Madison University. True or false?

Kindergarten. What are some of the benefits, pros, advantages of having international students on US college campuses?

Elementary School, Primary School. International students wish to study in the US only to improve their career prospects. Is this right or wrong?

Intermediate School, Junior High School. What happens to many students after they graduate?

High School, Secondary School. Do the students only study in lecture halls and classrooms at universities?

Community College, Vocational School, Technical School. The Higher Education Study Group is part of James Madison University and only works with them. Is this correct or incorrect?

Liberal Arts College. Does the Study Group have a lot of experience? Do they have a good record in helping place students in foreign universities and who succeed academically?


University. Do you think this was a documentary, a promotion or both? What is the mes-sage?

High School Diploma. There are many international students in my country. Yes or no? Where do they come from? What do the study? What happens after they graduate?

Program Certificate, Course Certificate. Many young people from my country study abroad. True or false?

Technical Certificate, Trade Certificate. Studying abroad is a great experience. What do you think?

Bachelor’s Degree, University Degree. What should young people, governments and universities do?

Master’s Degree, MBA, Ph.D. What will happen in the future?

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