Promoting Study in the USA in Trying Times

Hot off the digital press, here is my latest essay. I kick it off with one of my favorite quotes from Senator Fulbright about international educational exchange: There is nothing obscure about the objectives of educational exchange. Its purpose is to acquaint Americans with the world as it is and to acquaint students and scholars … Continue reading Promoting Study in the USA in Trying Times

To the USA, With Hope

Love is stronger than hate. Getty Images / ipopba From my peaceful and COVID-free perch in Hanoi, I've been thinking a lot about my colleagues in the US who have devoted their careers to working with international students, including many from Viet Nam. Like many fellow citizens, their current stress levels are stratospheric because they … Continue reading To the USA, With Hope

“We Are More Than Your Paycheck: The Dehumanization of International Students in the United States”

Photo by Katie Moum on Unsplash Here's some (more) recommended reading for anyone interested in the current situation of international students in the US. The authors are Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez and Xiaojie Li, both Ph.D. students at the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education. This excerpt may whet your appetite to read the article in … Continue reading “We Are More Than Your Paycheck: The Dehumanization of International Students in the United States”

“New ICE Policy Cuts Students, Schools Off at the Knees”

The following "breaking news" bulletin issued by Ware Immigration, a well-known firm in the field that has been practicing immigration & nationality law since 1982, is the most spot-on characterization I've seen so far of the 6 July 2020 ICE (Student and Exchange Visitor Program/SEVP) ruling that Students attending schools operating entirely online may not … Continue reading “New ICE Policy Cuts Students, Schools Off at the Knees”

“Six ways a drop in international students could set back US higher education”

Here's a short, sweet, and spot-on analysis by David DeMaria, associate vice provost for international education, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. You can either follow this link to read the original article or read the copy/paste version below. It appeared in the 26.5.20 issue of The Conversation. I've told more than one US colleague since … Continue reading “Six ways a drop in international students could set back US higher education”

E20 Webinar: “Vietnamese Student Recruitment in the Time of COVID-19”

I enjoyed participating in this recent webinar with my colleague, Ngoc Anh, Capstone's Hanoi-based educational services manager. Although it started at the end of a long day, Viet Nam time, we were both energized by the content and the many excellent questions we received from colleagues. ​ The E20 Series is a collaboration between Branta … Continue reading E20 Webinar: “Vietnamese Student Recruitment in the Time of COVID-19”

SEVP Does An About-Face With I-20 Issuance Policy

My latest essay for University World News is about the June 2019 I-20 policy guidance and the about-face just six months later. As I noted in my concluding paragraph, I give ICE credit for recognising the error of its ways within six months of publishing a policy guidance document on Form I-20 Issuance and School … Continue reading SEVP Does An About-Face With I-20 Issuance Policy

Vietnamese Student Enrollment in the US Holds Steady

The US Department of Homeland Security via the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has finally released the latest stats on international students in the US. The last one was March 2019 (!). (Here's 13.1.20 commentary about that.) Gee, I wonder if my many gentle reminders had anything to do with the timing of the … Continue reading Vietnamese Student Enrollment in the US Holds Steady

Capstone Pleased to Be a Study in the USA Partner

Putting on my managing director's and co-founder's hats, I just wanted to say how much my staff and I enjoy working with the good folks at Study in the USA. I'm a great believer in honor by association and that's exactly what you'll see when you check out the list of Study in the USA … Continue reading Capstone Pleased to Be a Study in the USA Partner

Playing Geopolitical Whack-a-Mole: The Viet Nam Flag Issue Revisited

“The past is never dead. It's not even past." (from Requiem for a Nun by William Faulkner) Sadly, the "flag issue" is very much alive at many educational institutions, especially those with nearby Vietnamese immigrant communities. If you're intrigued by the title and/or introduction below, follow this link to read the article. I include advice … Continue reading Playing Geopolitical Whack-a-Mole: The Viet Nam Flag Issue Revisited