Monday, June 8, 2015

Louisiana State Makes Push for International Students

By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

Louisiana State University, or LSU, is launching an initiative to increase the population of its international students.

Business Report, a Baton Rouge news publication, reports that the school has formed a partnership with ShoreLight Education, a Boston-based firm that specializes in the recruitment and funding of international students. As a result, LSU expects its enrollment of freshmen from overseas to rise by about 3,000 in the next five years.

The initiative, LSU Global, will help bring in more out-of-state tuition payments as possible upcoming state funding cuts loom, and will provide new study abroad and grant opportunities for domestic students, according to the article.

“International students are looking for a high quality American education in a welcoming environment that has all the experiences of a true American university,” David Kurpius, LSU associate vice chancellor for enrollment management, told the Business Report.

Shorelight is preparing to recruit from 36 different markets from around the world, according to Business Report. In 2014, the school had just over 2,000 international students enrolled – a somewhat low number compared to its peer institutions.

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