New Guide Highlights Options for US Students Seeking Degrees Abroad

Shanda Ivory

Arlington, VA (Nov. 16, 2016) — College counselors looking to help their students explore international higher education options have an easy-to-use new resource.

NACAC’s Guide to International University Admission features country profiles and admission how-tos for nine destinations that have proven popular among US students seeking full degrees outside their home country. The publication is being released in conjunction with International Education Week, a joint initiative of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education that runs through Friday.

In 2014, roughly one-fifth of US counselors reported receiving visits from college admission officers representing institutions outside the US, according to NACAC survey data. With NACAC’s new guide, college counselors are well-positioned to have conversations with families about postsecondary programs offered internationally.

“It’s crucial for students to have access to good information as they research college options,” said Joyce Smith, NACAC’s chief executive officer. “As an organization that focuses on access to higher education and expanding options so that students can find the best fit, NACAC recognizes that some students may want to consider institutions outside the US.”

Countries profiled in the guide include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Introductory information on other international educational experiences, such as short-term study abroad and international dual and joint degree programs, is also included.

The 84-page booklet can be downloaded for free.

NACAC is encouraging educators to distribute the resource to the families they serve. Members of the media are welcome to share excerpts from the guide with their audience, and NACAC staff are available to comment on the role counselors and admission professionals play in helping students examine international postsecondary programs.

For students who wish to complete a degree outside the US, a college counselor can serve as an invaluable resource throughout the admission process. In addition, several international universities employ admission staff dedicated to working with American students, many of whom are US-based.

“Students may choose to pursue a degree abroad for a variety of reasons, including a shorter time to degree, lower tuition, more focused degree programs, dual citizenship, a longing for adventure, or a desire to differentiate themselves,” Smith said. “With this guide, counselors are better equipped to help students explore their options.”

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

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