International Educator - January/February 2018 - 19

AM

SHILIN WANG knew from an early age that

she wanted to go to art school. So when, during
the summer before her freshman year, her mom
brought up the idea of leaving her hometown of
Shanghai to go to high school in California, she
jumped at the chance. "I had been thinking of it
for a while since I knew I was going to be an art
student in the future and that I would have more
opportunities to do that in America," says Wang.

Bolun Li, who grew up in Beijing and is now a freshman business
and finance major at Duke University, had entrepreneurial ambitions
even before coming to the United States four years ago to attend a
prep school in Massachusetts. He credits his teachers for his freedom
to explore his own interests and for their help as he started a business to teach other teenagers how to invest and manage their own
finances. "I'm a big believer in flexibility of curriculum," says Li, "and
that's where Chinese education sort of lacked at that time."
The decision these two students made to leave their home
countries for a high school education in the United States is one that
hundreds of thousands of families are making. As the growth in the
number of international students enrolling at U.S. universities has
slowed, the number of international students in secondary schools
more than tripled between 2004 and 2016, according to the 2017
Institute of International Education report Globally Mobile Youth:
Trends in International Secondary Students in the United States,
2013-2016, reaching a record high of nearly 82,000 students.
The overwhelming majority of these students entered on longerterm F-1 visas, the report found, indicating that they intend to seek
a U.S. high school diploma en route to enrolling at a U.S. college
or university. That's good news for institutions looking for new
sources of international students, but as experts and leaders in the
field point out, there are challenges as well as advantages.

Potential and Reality
According to data from the Institute of International Education,
about 75 percent of international students who are seeking diplomas
at U.S. high schools are from Asia, and mostly from China. And a
2013 report by the financial firm KPMG cited survey research by
China's Hurun Research Institute showing that there were more
than 1 million Chinese people with a net worth of the equivalent of
at least $1.6 million for the first time, and that 85 percent of Chinese
millionaires planned to send their children abroad for school.
Among billionaires, the proportion cited was 90 percent.
The eventual goal is a U.S. college degree for their children, says
Elisa Lellios, director of admissions at EduBoston, a placement
agency for Chinese students coming to the United States, and the
thinking is that giving students a chance to ramp up their language
and intercultural skills in high school will boost their chances of
admission to a prestigious U.S. university.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - January/February 2018

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Malaysia
Quick Questions
Feature: Recruiting Farther Upstream: U.S. Institutions Are Exploring New Opportunities Among International High School Students
Feature: CASE STUDY: The Business of Global Engagement
Feature: Middle Class Rising: As the Number of Families with Discretionary Income Grows, So Do Prospects for More International Students
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
Feature: Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Results
Advertiser Listings & Index
International Educator - January/February 2018 - BB1
International Educator - January/February 2018 - BB2
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Cover1
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Cover2
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 1
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 2
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 3
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 4
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 5
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 6
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 7
International Educator - January/February 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Frontlines
International Educator - January/February 2018 - In Brief
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 11
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 12
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 13
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Global Spotlight: Malaysia
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 15
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Quick Questions
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 17
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Feature: Recruiting Farther Upstream: U.S. Institutions Are Exploring New Opportunities Among International High School Students
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 19
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 20
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 21
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Feature: CASE STUDY: The Business of Global Engagement
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 23
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 24
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 25
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Feature: Middle Class Rising: As the Number of Families with Discretionary Income Grows, So Do Prospects for More International Students
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 27
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 28
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 29
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Education Abroad
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 31
International Educator - January/February 2018 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 33
International Educator - January/February 2018 - International Enrollment
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 35
International Educator - January/February 2018 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 37
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Forum
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 39
International Educator - January/February 2018 - In Focus
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Cover3
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Cover4
International Educator - January/February 2018 - SCover1
International Educator - January/February 2018 - SCover2
International Educator - January/February 2018 - S3
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Feature: Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Results
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