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International Students: Who Are They? What Do They Want?


October 15, 2014 2:00 PM

ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement and expert panelists held an interactive discussion of international students in the U.S.

For many U.S. colleges and universities, recruiting international students is a key component of overall strategies to advance comprehensive internationalization. While demand for U.S. higher education is strong worldwide, the field of institutions seeking to attract talented international students is expanding – both in the U.S. and abroad. 

At the same time, the demographics and other characteristics of internationally mobile students are changing. In order to attract a diverse pool of students who  are well prepared to succeed in their unique campus context, institution leaders need to understand who today’s international students are, where they are from, what they are looking for, and how they choose a U.S. college or university.

While there is no shortage of information on international students, sorting through and interpreting data from numerous individual studies can be a daunting prospect.  In this webinar, leading experts who have tackled this task presented innovative and in-depth analyses of international student data from a variety of sources, and explored its implications for institutions’ recruitment strategies and on-campus support practices.  Specific topics included:

  • Where students are from, and where they're going
  • Funding sources
  • Background, language ability, and academic preparation
  • Motivations for studying in the U.S.
  • Desired degree programs
  • Decision process for selecting a U.S. institution




  • Rajika Bhandari

    Deputy Vice President, Research and Evaluation / Director, Center for Academic Mobility Research, Institute of International Education

  • Rahul Choudaha

    Chief Knowledge Officer, World Education Services

  • Clay Hensley

    Senior Director, International Strategy & Outreach, College Board

  • Patti McGill PetersonPatti McGill Peterson (moderator)

    Presidential Advisor for Global Initiatives, American Council on Education


Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
2 - 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Members: $99
Non-Members: $149

This event took place online. A link to the archived event is now available for purchase.


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