Monday, October 14, 2013

Fund for Education Abroad Fourth Annual Reception at the Fathom Gallery on Wednesday, October 16th

This year I joined the Board of the Fund for Education Abroad (a more in depth post on FEA forthcoming!) and I wanted to post about their upcoming annual receiption in Washington, DC this Wednesday, October 16th.  I had plans to attend but in the end my work schedule conflicted and I am forced to miss.

If your schedule permits I encourage you to attend this upcoming networking and fundraising event in support of FEA's common mission: to promote, support and increase opportunities for US college students to study abroad. On Wednesday, October 16 from 6:00-8:00pm, FEA will host its Fourth Annual FEA Reception at the Fathom Gallery on trendy 14th St NW in Washington, DC (1333 Fourteenth Street, NW).

FEA hopes you will join them for a night of networking, great speakers, drinks and delicious food. Tickets are $100. Young Professional tickets are $45 (age 30 and under). All proceeds will benefit FEA and our life-changing scholarships.

Hear more about the importance of increasing access to study abroad from our featured speakers: Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin (D), District 20, Senate Majority Whip, who has been a strong supporter of international exchange and education, as well as, Hector Santiago, an FEA Scholarship recipient from 2012-2013.

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to increase the number and diversity of US undergraduates studying abroad. FEA is an independent organization that gives semester and year-long scholarships for underrepresented students to attend the study abroad program of their choice. For more information about FEA, please visit

To buy tickets for the FEA Annual Reception or for more event information, please visit If you cannot attend this event, donations are still welcome at the FEA website.

If you have any questions about the event or how to purchase tickets, please contact the Executive Director, Kate McPhail at or 1-202-349-7340.

FEA needs your support! Help them open doors to the world for study abroad students who need it most!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"Student Segmentation for an Effective International Enrollment Strategy" - A New Research Report by World Education Services

The following research report came on my radar by World Education Services (WES) and I thought IHEC Blog readers would find this to be of interest.

The report, entitled “Student Segmentation for an Effective International Enrollment Strategy,” examines four types of U.S.–bound international students, based on their academic preparedness and financial resources. 

The report identifies the following student segments:
  • Explorers are students with high financial resources and low academic preparedness. They are the most likely to need assistance during the application, as 39% of them chose application requirements as one of their most sought-after areas of information. 
  • Highfliers are students with high financial resources and high academic preparedness, and family support is key to their financial independence. 69% of survey respondents indicated family or friends as their main source of funding. 
  • Strivers are students with low financial resources and high academic preparedness. 61% of Strivers indicated that they rely on institutional financial aid, and 35% said they will take out loans to finance their studies. 
  • Strugglers are students with low financial resources and low academic preparedness. Strugglers are the least interested in learning about the reputation of a school, indicating that they have lower expectations for quality. 
These insights are integral for U.S. universities and colleges that want to effectively attract and enroll the best fit international students. The report expands the scope of last year’s report and provides a deeper understanding of international student segments at a more granular level. The report highlights differences in prospective international students’ information seeking behavior by level of education — bachelor’s and master’s degree — and key source countries — China, India and Saudi Arabia.

You can access more information about the report via the WES World Education News & Reviews (WENR) website and while you are there you may want to take 20 seconds and subscribe to the free WENR Newsletter as it's well worth it!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Follow the Twitter Backchannel of the 2013 Australian International Education Conference (AIEC)