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Degrees of Distinction
tions for U.S. student enrollment are Bond University and University of New South Wales. Bond offers lifestyle factors due to its location on the Gold Coast, Australia’s tourist hot spot, as well as an extremely global student population with a 50/50 split between international and Australian students. In addition, unlike the rest of Australia, which runs on an academic year from February or March to November or December, Bond follows the North American academic calendar. “Bond’s big attraction is how we run our semesters. Three semesters a year, which line up with the semesters in North America. Australian bachelor’s take three years (six semesters), and students can complete their undergraduate in two years and their master’s in just 12 months,” says Stuart Floyd, international regional manager at Bond. “That’s only at Bond and the degree, even though they are shorter than American degrees, is considered equivalent to American degrees.” Ashley Waggener, international coordinator for North America at the University of New South Wales, believes an Australian degree is increasingly appealing for Americans. “The postgraduate market is growing in several fields and will continue to grow as more people are looking for a way to make themselves stand out. Given the job market, people are willing to take that risk now because they don’t have anything to lose. Why not go and have that experience? I think Americans are also often surprised by the rigor of academics in Australia,” Waggener says. Jeffrey Promnitz is a graduate who can attest to the value of previous education abroad experience in making the decision to pursue a degree abroad. He completed his master’s in international business at La Trobe University in Melbourne in 2007 together with his wife, who enrolled in the same program. Although he had previously studied in Spain and spoke Spanish, his wife had not so they narrowed their choices to English-speaking countries. Promnitz’ undergraduate education abroad experience certainly added fuel to his desire to pursue a graduate degree abroad. “My previous short-term study abroad played a huge role in this decision. Studying abroad as an undergrad tremendously opened my world of knowing that there is far more out there to understand, with respect to various cultures and people, than I had ever previously realized,” he says.

Diverse Destinations
While the majority of Americans pursuing degrees abroad go to Anglophone countries, an increasing number are also choosing more unlikely locations. “Even within the shorter study abroad programs, we are seeing more students going to nontraditional destinations because there is recognition that learning a certain foreign language, or being exposed to certain cultures or rising economies, will really be an asset when it comes to looking for a job. The same holds true for Americans who hold degrees from abroad,” IIE’s Rajika Bhandari says. Douglas Ashby is an example of a student who pursued both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from these so-called “nontraditional” countries, many of which are now offering full-degree programs taught in English. After completing a few years at the University of Iowa, Ashby earned his BA in hotel and tourism management from the Bangkok University International College in 2005 and his MBA in finance from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business in 2009. “I had always planned on an international career which is why I chose an international university for the first degree. I have always believed that emerging markets are where the twenty-first century will play itself out. So part of (studying in Thailand) for me was to develop key relationships to use in my future endeavors,” he says. His decision of France for graduate school came down to two major considerations: academic caliber and cost. “France has good business schools that can be had at a fraction of the cost of its American counterparts,” Ashby says. France and Germany are especially popular destinations for full degrees for U.S. students; as already mentioned, Germany was ranked third most popular and France was ranked the fourth most popular destinations for U.S. students to go to enroll in degree programs in IIE’s recent report. Furthermore, in early 2011, a British Council report, the Global Gauge, placed Germany as the top destination for international students. Australia was in second place followed by the UK, China, Malaysia, and the United States in sixth place. Three aspects of internationalization were examined in the study: student mobility, academic and research collaboration, and national policies. These facts about Germany’s higher education system may have helped the country earn

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Gouglas Ashby, left, earned his BA in hotel and tourism management from the Bangkok University International College in 2005 and his MBA in finance from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business in 2009

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International Educator - March/April 2012
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Voices: University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi
Overcoming Chaos
Degrees of Distinction
Macalester College
Foreign Student Affairs
A View from Out Here
In Focus
Language Supplement
The language of Business
Launching Pad: Community College Programs
Intensive English Language Directory
Intensive Foreign Language Directory
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International Educator - March/April 2012 - In Brief
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International Educator - March/April 2012 - Intensive English Language Directory
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