The power of diversity – Hasan’s story

This is a picture of the commencement ceremony at Oregon State University, (OSU) which took place in the summer of 2016 and involved more than 6,400 students from 63 counties.  In many respects it was similar to ceremonies taking place across US campuses last summer as it also included thousands of students with their families and friends celebrating their achievements. Continue reading “The power of diversity – Hasan’s story”

Open Doors – the secret sauce of partnership

It’s that time of year again. The Institute of International Education Open Doors project has published its comprehensive overview of international students studying the United States. This year’s report records the largest rise in international enrollments for 35 years, increasing by 10 per cent over last year and recording close to one million students.

Indeed, the most recent SEVIS by the Numbers report from August 2015 indicates this number has already been exceeded. The data also comes hot on the heels of Australian reports which indicate that demand for international education continues to grow.

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Highlighting inclusiveness and internationalization through design

Oregon State University’s International Living-Learning Center (ILLC) is symbolic of many things: a shift in the approach to serving international students; the power of collaboration; and the globalization of higher education. The modern, elegant aesthetic reflects the building’s purpose – to represent the institution’s vision of a 21st century education. Continue reading “Highlighting inclusiveness and internationalization through design”

Bringing the world to campus

This week, George Mason University announced a new initiative aimed at increasing the number of international students  by about 50 percent.  Currently, we have nearly 2,000 international students from 125 countries.

Over the next year, our new pathway programs will help increase that number to more than 3,000. These additional students won’t come at the expense of in-state or domestic out-of-state students, as we plan to grow our enrollments in all categories over the next decade.

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More US institutions must take internationalization seriously

More and more international students are enrolling at US institutions fueled by stories of elite graduates who were educated internationally and, as a result secured well-paid jobs – and institutions just cannot afford to ignore this demand. Continue reading “More US institutions must take internationalization seriously”

Student arrivals breathe life into INTO Marshall University

In early fall 2013 more than 150 students from 20 countries began their studies at INTO Marshall University. This inaugural intake has already had a profound impact on the university and on the local community. In this blog post, INTO Marshall University, Center Director, Eric Fry describes how the center has come to life and how the presence of international students is enriching the experience of their American counterparts.

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A monstrous way to treat international students?

The very fact that international students get a space on the website of this summer’s hottest animated release reflects their importance and value to universities the world over, says INTO University Partnership’s Internal Communications Manager Mary Kalmus. But is the Monsters University webmaster delivering the full student experience?

INTO’s international students usually arrive fresh-faced and eager, yet understandably nervous, in a strange land where the language may be a challenge, the food unfamiliar and the surroundings and culture vastly – or subtly – different. Continue reading “A monstrous way to treat international students?”

Building the next generation of global ambassadors – stories to make us all proud

In this blog post, we bring you some personal stories from the graduation ceremonies at Newcastle University this week.  These stories of young lives transformed remind us why we do what we do.  The students leave university to pursue their careers and further studies, having made friends for life and with warm memories of the UK and of the North East of England.  They serve as a timely endorsement of the extent to which these students and tens of thousands of other international students enrich our campuses, communities and country.  In times of intense global competition, the whole country should be proud of what we, as a sector, achieve.  Our hats go off to colleagues in Newcastle in particular and to all of  those working in higher education delivering life-changing experiences to students from all over the world.

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Shifting Sands – Digital Futures and the 21st century classroom

For those of you who missed his inspirational keynote address at the annual INTO Staff conference held at Newcastle University on 21st June 2013, we bring a blog from Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor at Plymouth University and one of Europe’s leading speakers and researchers on digital technology and higher education.

 You can follow Steve on Twitter at @timbuckteeth


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To learn a new language, throw yourself into the deep end and swim out.

As INTO prepares to participate in at NAFSA, the world’s largest international education gathering in Saint Louis, Missouri next week, we bring you the first of three dedicated blogs.

Today’s post has been produced by Sarah Jago, a final year student at the University of Exeter who has also completed a study program in China.

China is rapidly emerging as a major international education hub. Find out more by visiting us at the INTO stand (stand 213, Expo Hall) or registering for the Destination China event on Friday May 31st in Room 127 of the Nafsa Expo Center.   Staff from our partner universities in North America and China will be sharing their perspectives on internationalization from both sides of the Pacific.

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