BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont has hired a private company to recruit more international students.
Study Group, a company based in Australia, has partnership arrangements with educational institutions in the United State and five other countries.
At UVM, the program will be called UVM Global Gateway and is scheduled to debut in January with about 50 students. It would offer English and other academic courses over two semesters that will enable participants to enroll as regular undergraduates at UVM.
International students now make up about 1.8 percent of UVM’s undergraduates. The goal is to ramp up the international student population to 5 to 7 percent by the fall of 2017.
“The president’s number-one goal of this is to enhance the quality of the student experience,” said Chris Lucier, vice president for enrollment. He said the campus community, when asked, has expressed “a definite belief that we needed international students because our campus was really low in the 21st century.”
At the start Study Group is expected to deliver 50 international students in January 2014 and 70 the following May.
Students would pay out-of-state tuition, expected to be about $34,650 in the next academic year. The plan is for 30 percent of that to go to Study Group and 70 percent to UVM.MORE IN Vermont News
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