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EUROSCHOLARS More Europeans Seek Undergraduate Degrees in the United States By Wesley Teter, Amy McGoldrick and Ann Merrill FIVE YEARS AGO, nearly every Bologna Task Force assumed that the Europe-wide reform process would make it difficult for the United States to effectively compete for undergraduate students from the region. Who could resist a ‘less costly’ three-year degree in Europe? During the EducationUSA Forum in June 2010, EducationUSA’s regional directors and senior advisers demonstrated that an increasing number of European and Eurasian students are looking to the U.S. for full undergraduate degrees and non-degree training such as Intensive English Programs. The presentation highlighted several promising trends: • According to the Open Doors 2009 Report, over 87,000 Europeans and Eurasians are studying in the U.S.—nearly 6 percent more than just two years ago. Surprisingly, this trend is not due to degree-seeking graduate students, whose numbers decreased by 3 percent over the same period. • Over the past two years, enrollment from Europe and Eurasia in undergraduate degree programs and in intensive English programs has increased 7 percent and 29 percent, respectively. In addition, there is growing interest in other kinds of experiential learning and practical training opportunities, such as OPT and internships (Open Doors 2009 Report). • In contrast to many predictions, degreeseeking graduate students from the region are in decline, falling 2.7 percent over the past two years and 14.1% over the past five years—almost 5,700 fewer students came in 2009 than in 2004 (Open Doors 2009 Report). All in all, Europe is a stronger market for recruiting degree-seeking undergraduates than most experts predicted. In addition, the EducationUSA Forum highlighted a range of positive trends in national scholarship programs, short-term mobility, and demand for skill-building activities. The presentation concluded with a list of fairs and higher education services on offer from the 100 EducationUSA Centers in Europe and Eurasia supported by the U.S. Department of State. Contact EducationUSA Europe and Eurasia with questions: Europe@ ■ EducationUSA.info. Wesley Teter, Amy McGoldrick and Ann Merrill are regional directors for EducationUSA Europe and Eurasia, supported by the U.S. Department of State. PromoDoc: Promoting European Doctoral Programs Abroad PromoDoc, a new project focused on promoting European higher education at the doctoral level, has just been selected by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels within the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Action 3 program. This project, funded by the European Commission, aims to enhance the attractiveness of doctoral-level study in Europe, improve awareness of opportunities for doctoral study, and facilitate access to European doctoral programs among non-European students, especially in the target industrialized countries and territories of Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. An international consortium, led by CampusFrance and composed of DAAD (Germany), Nuffic (The Netherlands), the British Council, the Institute of International Education (USA), and Eurodoc - The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Belgium), will implement the three-year project, due to start in December 2010. The consortium will develop a range of information tools and implement a series of information, recruitment and promotion activities, including information days, appointments between potential doctoral candidates and European higher education institutions, the creation of a network of “ambassadors,” and participation in fairs. For more on Erasmus Mundus and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission, visit: http:// eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/ index_en.php. International Students from Europe by Academic Level, 1998/99 - 2008/09 100,000 80,000 60,000 40,000 20,000 0 98/99 99/00 00/01 01/02 02/03 03/04 04/05 05/06 06/07 07/08 08/09 Source: Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. New York: Institute of International Education. 31 http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/index_en.php http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/index_en.php http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/index_en.php

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2010

IIE Networker - Fall 2010
Message from Allan E. Goodman
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series
Ten Years On: Bologna’s Global Dimension and Its Limits at Home
A New Europe: Creating the European Higher Education Area
What’s New in Brussels? Visions for the EU and the European Higher Education Area
Trends in English-Taught Master’s Programs in Europe
Promoting Higher Education in Spain: The Creation of the Universidad.es Foundation
The Joint European/International Doctorate: A Strategic Tool to Enhance Worldwide Institutional Collaboration
More Europeans Seek Undergraduate Degrees in the United States
European Schools in America, American Schools in Europe: Outposts Along the Path to the Global University
Out of the Office and Into the World: A Personal Perspective on the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program
Applying European Approaches to U.S. Higher Education
Advertisers’ Index
IIE Program Profile: IIE in Europe

IIE Networker - Fall 2010