B-1/2 vs. F-1 Visas to the USA

The adjusted refusal rate for B (tourist/business) visas issued to Vietnamese citizens in 2018 was 26.2%, which means the issuance rate was 73.8%. I wish we had access to the same information for F-1 (student) visas broken down by state and even institution and type of institution.   Student visa issuance rates are generally quite a … Continue reading B-1/2 vs. F-1 Visas to the USA

“The shift of Vietnamese students to Canada marches on”

Here is my latest essay for University World News.  If you like the teaser below, follow this link to read the article in its entirety.  This is a follow-up to an April 2018 article I wrote entitled Vietnamese students look at the US and head north (editor's title).   I placed a gentleman's bet with myself that … Continue reading “The shift of Vietnamese students to Canada marches on”

Fake News: “Australia ‘first choice’ for overseas Vietnamese students”

This is presumably an editor's mistake.  Fact-checking is important and really easy these days.  Is Australia the world's leading host of Vietnamese students, meaning their "first choice"?   As of 10-18, there were 23,803 young Vietnamese studying in Australia at all levels out of a total of 673,296 international students, according to the Australia's Department of Education and … Continue reading Fake News: “Australia ‘first choice’ for overseas Vietnamese students”

Viet Nam Once Again Ranks 5th in US International Student Enrollment

According to the August 2018 SEVIS by the Numbers update, Viet Nam once again ranks 5th among places of origin with 29,788 active students at all levels and in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, inching past Canada, which had displaced it in June 2018.  (One always has to take summer statistics with a grain … Continue reading Viet Nam Once Again Ranks 5th in US International Student Enrollment

Happy 9th Birthday, Capstone Vietnam!

This week, Capstone Vietnam, a full-service educational consulting company that I co-founded in 2009 and of which I am managing director, celebrated its 9th birthday.  It has been a helluva ride, one I've found to be deeply rewarding on many levels.  As I mentioned to a colleague the other day, the best situation is when … Continue reading Happy 9th Birthday, Capstone Vietnam!

Study in the USA: A Service Sector Export That No Longer Sells Itself

This matter-of-fact assertion does not (and should not) come as a surprise to US colleagues who recruit internationally.  Here's a recent story that inspired this post, so to speak, plus a heartfelt appeal.  I noticed that a number of students had applied to, been admitted by, and received visas to attend a particular school in … Continue reading Study in the USA: A Service Sector Export That No Longer Sells Itself

Viet Nam Ranks 5th in International Enrollment in 3 Countries

...including Australia, Canada, and the USA!  Those countries also happen to be the world's leading hosts of international students, albeit in this order:  1)  USA; 2) Australia; and 3) Canada, followed by the UK and Germany.   Of the estimated 200,000 Vietnamese students studying overseas, 23,000 are in Australia (PDF download), about 15,000 are in … Continue reading Viet Nam Ranks 5th in International Enrollment in 3 Countries