By Mim Lee Phillips, MS
International students choosing to study in the U.S. find high value in the experiences they have, lasting a lifetime. Significant for today, higher education institutions see economic fallout from the pandemic and could lose more than monetary repercussions. While in 2018 international students attributed 44.7 billion dollars to the U.S. economy, NAFSA estimates a $3 billion loss in 2020. This impacts both higher education institutions and creates an even greater loss to industries closely associated with international students. Challenging times, definitely. But an additional loss to consider is the potential decrease in enrollments and the inherent value of social mobility for today and future generations in the U.S. and abroad.
International students choose to complete their tertiary education outside of their home country based on many variables. Influencing decisions range from future economic goals, family, adventure, friends/influencers, prestige, scholarships, and the list continues. Dr. Timothy Carey states, “Good choices are decisions that keep you heading in the direction in which you want to go.” No one can doubt that the value of studying across the globe is most likely a very good decision. Lived experiences are imprinted in our memory, resulting in how we interact for the rest of our lives. Recognizing potential global benefits such as learned independence, understanding cultural differences, language proficiency, new education system, meeting new people, and resiliency.
By focusing on the human-centered international experience of four women from four countries across four decades, we can see that — within a 40 year span — the time spent in international higher education leaves an indelible imprint and significantly impacts a person for the rest of their lives.
Interested in Recruiting Undergraduates from India/South Asia, Southeast Asia, and/or the Middle East?
By working with The Global Educator Program (TGEP), colleges and universities can host qualified high school/independent counselors on their campus from those specific regions. The counselor cohort is carefully selected to represent students interested in studying abroad and have the means to do so. By hosting the TGEP cohort, host campuses provide international counselors with experiential opportunities to tour their campus, meet with their students, faculty, and the admissions team.
Campuses in New York, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maryland, and California have already confirmed hosting the TGEP 2021 cohort.
Would you like to host the next TGEP cohort on your campus in June 2021? Check out this link.
Want to learn more about the program? Join the webinar on February 23 at 8AM PT! Experienced counselors will be sharing program details and benefits.