While Spain is a top destination for students from around the world, the country has struggled to maintain quality and retain students in its higher education system.
International Enrollment Management
With the right support, this population’s intercultural skills and global competencies can be a boon to internationalization efforts on campus.
Historically, expansion in the number of middle-class families has meant more students going abroad for college, but there are many factors to consider.
Institutions are not only assessing the language proficiency of international students, but also helping students in their adjustment to an unfamiliar educational system and culture.
Intensive English programs have been hit particularly hard in recent years. To counter the impact, programs across the country are reassessing their paths forward in a changing landscape.
To curb the effects of lower enrollments, colleges and universities need new, innovative strategies to keep international students coming.
International student enrollments have been on the decline for several years at institutions across the United States. While there are multiple contributing factors to this downward trend, the long-term effects have significant implications for higher education.
Most international enrollment management offices are sitting on piles of data that can be more effectively analyzed to realize untapped recruiting opportunities, prove their worth to their institution, and focus resources.
With a push toward increasing overall international student enrollments and diversifying countries of origin—sometimes despite shrinking budgets—colleges and universities are getting creative in determining where and how to recruit.
From the safety and security of students studying abroad to financial liability and enrollment management precautions, institutions must be vigilant in assessing and managing risks of all kinds.