Saturday, August 2, 2008

U.S. Students Are Welcome at Foreign Institutions

Just as U.S. institutions of higher learning are eager to welcome students from other countries, foreign institutions are eager to welcome students from the United States.  The Institute to International Education (IIE) published a new report about the foreign demand for U.S. undergraduate students.  The report is available by clicking here.  www.iie.org/sudyabroadcapacity

According a report in the July issue of University Business, the IIE found that the students most in demand are those from the United States, followed by students from China, India, Canada, and Russia.  Is there any truth to such a ranking?  I do not know what methodology IIE used to determine which foreign institutions to ask, which persons they asked at those institutions selected, and what criteria the officials or professors at those institutions used to rank students by their country of origin.  I think that admissions officers and program directors are more likely to look at the credentials of students (including language ability) rather than looking only to which nation issued their passports.

The report also notes that American students generally tend to favor shorter programs (of eight weeks or less) rather than a full semester or a full year.  We see this in law school where summer programs reign supreme over spring or fall semester abroad programs. 

There are exceptions to everything in international legal education, and some institutions (and some individual law students) may be bucking the trend toward shorter programs.  Here at the International Law Prof Blog we strongly encourage students to travel abroad as part of their legal education.  We also encourage meaningful international travel opportunities for faculty, administrators, and gosh, even alumni.

Hat tip to University Business Magazine. 

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(mew)

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