More Vietnamese Students in South Korea Than Australia

Yes, it's true.  Check out the infographic below, courtesy of the Australian Department of Education and Training.  As of 11-18, Viet Nam ranked 6th among sending countries with 24,094 students studying at all levels in Australia.   Incredibly, there were more Vietnamese studying in South Korea than Australia last year.  As in Japan, Viet Nam ranked … Continue reading More Vietnamese Students in South Korea Than Australia

Financial Aid for Vietnamese Students?

If your institution awards financial aid to Vietnamese students, I hope your approach is of the "trust but verify" variety.  Not all parents and students are honest, and Viet Nam is no exception.  Many people of means are happy to game the system and accept financial aid, if they can get it. I remember a … Continue reading Financial Aid for Vietnamese Students?

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!

Shifting focus: Vietnamese students & overseas study destinations

There is never a dull moment in the dynamic Southeast Asian country of Viet Nam, including among its overseas-bound students. While overall interest in study in the US remains strong, there is also ample evidence of a shift to other countries, including Canada. Follow this link to read my latest PIE blog post.  Peace, MAA

In Country Representatives: A Tale of Two Models

A growing number of educational institutions are turning to in country, including regional, representatives to assist them with international student recruitment.  While this option obviously costs more than other recruitment tools and techniques because it includes the cost of a local salary, benefits (?), and other expenses, including travel and marketing, it can potentially be … Continue reading In Country Representatives: A Tale of Two Models

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