Students occasionally ask one co-author, who has lived and worked in Viet Nam since 2005, whether or not they can apply directly. The answer is an enthusiastic ‘Yes’, if they feel sufficiently confident.
The original working title, Imagine… – with a grateful nod to John Lennon – was probably too long, which is why the editor changed it to Ethical agents should support direct student admissions. (Yes, Imagine was intended to be provocative but not clickbait. :-))
Actually, Eddie West and I are referring not only to agents but to everyone involved in international student recruitment. While direct application is not for everyone, as we point out, it is a trend we see in Viet Nam and elsewhere among certain types of students and parents, and one we should encourage.
This article is the third in a trilogy about what we identify as the “fatal flaw” in commissions-based recruitment. The other two – in descending chronological order – are as follows:
We will be discussing these issues at NAFSA in two events, the first an unofficial seminar and the second a general session. Follow this link for more information, including online registration for the two seminars.
Shalom (שלום), MAA