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From coast to coast—educational counselors explore the US

This spring, INTO’s US centers invited recruitment partners from across the globe to get firsthand experience of their world-class campuses and locations. From boat tours in the Pacific Northwest and sightseeing in Washington, DC, to a taste of true southern hospitality, the recent familiarization trips showcased the diverse landscapes and regional cultures of the US.

This spring, INTO’s US centers invited recruitment partners from across the globe to get firsthand experience of their world-class campuses and locations. From boat tours in the Pacific Northwest and sightseeing in Washington, DC, to a taste of true southern hospitality, the recent familiarization trips showcased the diverse landscapes and regional cultures of the US. On April 22, 100 educational counselors and INTO representatives traveled to Pullman, Washington to learn more about Washington State University, the newest member of the INTO family. The attendees represented 23 countries, including China, Vietnam, Nigeria and Kenya. The group received a warm welcome from Asif Chaundry, PhD, WSU’s vice president of international programs and WSU alumnus. The Pakistan native shared stories of his experience as an international student and how he not only earned … Read the full article
This spring, INTO’s US centers invited recruitment partners from across the globe to get firsthand experience of their world-class campuses and locations. From boat tours in the Pacific Northwest and sightseeing in Washington, DC, to a taste of true southern hospitality, the recent familiarization trips showcased the diverse landscapes and regional cultures of the US.

On April 22, 100 educational counselors and INTO representatives traveled to Pullman, Washington to learn more about Washington State University, the newest member of the INTO family. The attendees represented 23 countries, including China, Vietnam, Nigeria and Kenya.

The group received a warm welcome from Asif Chaundry, PhD, WSU’s vice president of international programs and WSU alumnus. The Pakistan native shared stories of his experience as an international student and how he not only earned his degree at WSU, but also met his wife.

"We were honored to host INTO University Partnership's leadership and educational counselors from around the world to share the ‘Cougar spirit’ here at WSU's home in the beautiful Palouse,” said Asif. “Their enthusiasm to support our mission to diversify our university population was palpable. It is very cool to partner with educational counselors and marketing staff of such high caliber and with a true global reach."

During the three-day visit, the group toured the campus and listened to faculty presentations on some of the university’s top programs, including engineering, architecture and design. They also heard from current students, who shared stories about their degree programs and experiences living and studying abroad. Students studying hospitality management even prepared lunch for everyone to show off the skills they had learned in their courses. Counselors also got to sample wines made by WSU students and alumni at local wineries.

“It was an exceptionally successful week on the stunning campus of Washington State University,” said Yasmin Sefer, Senior Recruitment Director for INTO North America. “FAM participants had the opportunity to meet with faculty and students to learn the ins and outs of studying and living at WSU.”

No trip to the Pacific Northwest would be complete without experiencing what Washington is best known for—the great outdoors. On their last day, attendees set off on a relaxing river boat tour to enjoy the stunning landscape.

According to Yasmin, applications for the first intake in August have picked up considerably since the visit.

Visit INTO WSU’s Facebook to see photos from the FAM trip.

On the opposite side of the country, INTO Drew University hosted two FAM trips with counselors from China. Attendees got a unique introduction to Drew’s New York City semester on Wall Street when students pitched ideas on companies, stocks, and investments to faculty, prominent local business owners and Drew alumni. The group also got a taste of the Big Apple, where they shopped in Times Square, visited the Empire State Building, and watched a show on Broadway.

INTO The University of Alabama at Birmingham showed their FAM attendees from Brazil and China the southern culture, cuisine and hospitality that “Sweet Home Alabama” is known for. Educational counselors were introduced to the local foodie scene at the best restaurants, attended a Birmingham Baron’s baseball game and even caught an Alabama sunset.

Back on campus, attendees toured UAB’s $250K Facebook Suite and the simulation lab for the nursing program, ranked No. 13 in the nation. They got to meet with program directors and faculty for some of the most notable degree programs, including biotechnology, business and engineering.

INTO Marshall University welcomed 11 educational counselors from Brazil to Huntington, West Virginia. On the campus tour, counselors visited the Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex, a $60 million facility dedicated to the College of Information Technology and Engineering. They also took a trip to the Visual Arts Center in downtown Huntington, just six blocks from campus.

Counselors from China and Brazil attended the INTO Mason FAM trips and experienced the Washington, DC, area. On the Fairfax campus, they met with Brazilian students to hear a firsthand account of student life, academics and the professional development opportunities available at Mason. The group also visited Mason’s urban campus in Arlington to learn more about the graduate business courses. Some off-campus adventures included a trip to George Washington’s historic estate at Mount Vernon, a Segway tour through Washington, DC, and a meal in Chinatown, one of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods known for its diverse restaurants.

INTO Oregon State University also welcomed a group from Brazil, Korea and China. Activities included sightseeing in downtown Portland, tax-free shopping, hiking and an eventful evening in the VIP lounge of Corvallis’ best karaoke bar.

With fun experiences, amazing locations and contagious school spirit, INTO’s Spring 2017 FAM trips offered our recruitment partners plenty of reasons why the US continues to be world’s most popular destination for international students.

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All set for success – INTO’s stepping stones for students

A duo of programmes – one to help international students reach the standard needed to join a pathway or an undergraduate programme; and one to prepare them for English language tests for study in the UK – have been enhanced and developed and are now available. Academic English (AE) is a blended learning programme designed to help students prior to joining an INTO pre-university programme in the UK by bumping their English level up by at least one IELTS band in the equivalent of just one semester, while INTO Get Ready for English is a free English programme available online pre-arrival at one of our UK centres. The AE programme has recently been enhanced to include 30 learning hours, consisting of 25 hours of face-to-face contact, plus five hours of t… Read the full article
A duo of programmes – one to help international students reach the standard needed to join a pathway or an undergraduate programme; and one to prepare them for English language tests for study in the UK – have been enhanced and developed and are now available.

Academic English (AE) is a blended learning programme designed to help students prior to joining an INTO pre-university programme in the UK by bumping their English level up by at least one IELTS band in the equivalent of just one semester, while INTO Get Ready for English is a free English programme available online pre-arrival at one of our UK centres.

The AE programme has recently been enhanced to include 30 learning hours, consisting of 25 hours of face-to-face contact, plus five hours of teacher-supported online language development. There are also two electives which students can choose – IELTS Preparation or Topics for University Study.

Dr Richard Samuels, INTO’s UK Director of Teaching and Learning, describes the new version of AE as, “a personalised programme, as it taps into learners’ individual needs and interests, as well as their different learning styles, and offers a blend of face-to-face and online learning to enrich the student experience. Social and community engagement opportunities are also available to further develop students’ fluency and confidence.”

Each student’s progress is tracked and they are given feedback throughout the course then, in the final week, their level of attainment is assessed through IELA – an INTO bespoke exam.

“The AE programme is multifaceted to help students become fully-rounded English users – ones who can contribute in lectures and tutorials in their chosen subject area; carry out their own research; and collaborate, converse and socialise with their peers,” adds Richard. “Our aim is, ultimately, to make sure they have everything they need to both enjoy studying and progress on to university, either following a subsequent pathway programme, or straight after completing the AE programme.”

INTO Get Ready for English is open to everyone who receives an offer to study at any UK centre. It has been designed to allow students to work their way through reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension activities at their own pace, and focus on areas that need improving.

The course content is based around useful topics like education, technology, travel and careers, and students are motivated by being awarded ‘badges’ for reaching certain milestones. They are also supported throughout by receiving direct feedback on their speaking and writing tasks from teachers within 48 hours.

“We know students have concerns about their English, and can feel nervous about coming to study in the UK. Our animated ‘avatar’ and real-life tutors who mark students’ speaking and writing assignments provide much-needed support and students welcome their personalised feedback,” says Gráinne O’Neil, Senior Product Manager, Learning Solutions.

All students who receive an offer to study at a UK INTO centre now automatically receive a personalised invitation to INTO Get Ready for English, which includes a link to the course. 

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More than 100 INTO Marshall alumni earn their degrees

On May 6, INTO Marshall University celebrated its largest group of alumni to earn their US degrees. A total of 119 students who began their US journey with INTO Marshall crossed the stage to receive their diplomas. Students completed their degrees in 25 different majors. Among the most popular were computer science, MBA and engineering management. The average GPA for the graduates was an impressive 3.59 on a 4.0 scale. “We are so delighted to have such a large number of students graduating who started their Marshall story with us,” says Stephanie Hurley Collier, INTO Marshall Executive Director. “We couldn’t be prouder that they’ve completed their education at Marshall University and maintained high GPAs … Read the full article
On May 6, INTO Marshall University celebrated its largest group of alumni to earn their US degrees. A total of 119 students who began their US journey with INTO Marshall crossed the stage to receive their diplomas.

Students completed their degrees in 25 different majors. Among the most popular were computer science, MBA and engineering management. The average GPA for the graduates was an impressive 3.59 on a 4.0 scale.

“We are so delighted to have such a large number of students graduating who started their Marshall story with us,” says Stephanie Hurley Collier, INTO Marshall Executive Director. “We couldn’t be prouder that they’ve completed their education at Marshall University and maintained high GPAs throughout their studies.”

Graduate Abu Emmanuel received his degree in public health four years after starting his Pathway program at INTO Marshall.

“Words alone cannot express how elated I am to be graduating this semester,” says Emmanuel. “INTO Marshall played a major role in my life as a student in the US. I learned a lot during my Pathway program and was able to instill that in my academics as a degree-seeking undergraduate.”

Emmanuel stated that he would not be where he is today if not for the wonderful instructors encountered during his studies. He will continue his educational path in the fall by pursuing a master’s degree in health care administration.

Marshall University awarded diplomas to more than 1,600 students at the 2017 Spring Commencement. 

Photo: Marshall University graduation ceremony participants.

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