Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
Foreign Students Hit Hard By Dal Fee Hikes
GETEX Draws Too Many Unis for Market
Chinese Interest in U.S. Schools Said to Be on the Rise
LET’S GO CANADA – Foreign Students Hit Hard By Dal Fee Hikes
International students attending Dalhousie University can expect to pay over $1,000 more next year after a series of fee increases approved this week.
The university’s board of governors voted overwhelmingly to raise tuition fees by from 3.6 per cent to 9.9 per cent, depending on the type of program and other factors. Overseas students are to be among the hardest hit; overall costs for foreign undergraduates, including tuition, differential fees and health plan costs, are set to rise by 8.9 per cent, to $13,859.
International applications to Dalhousie have been falling in recent years, dropping from 4,779 in 2003-04 to 3,064 in 2005-06.
Source: “http://thechronicleherald.ca/Metro/497760.html,” Chronicle-Herald, April 19, 2006
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – GETEX Draws Too Many Unis for Market
The biggest and best education fair in the Middle East wrapped up last week with most participants going home disappointed. GETEX in Dubai was another very well run event with good attendance, but with the number of exhibitors doubling in the last two years, GETEX is now too big for the market.
“These days everyone wants to come to Dubai, but it just can’t sustain the amount of competition for foreign students,” reports Higher-Edge Managing Director Mel Broitman. “Everyone I spoke to said they were not busy at their booths.”
There were more universities from India and the U.K. at GETEX than from any other country. There were also a few dozen universities in attendance from within the U.A.E. alone, and the long list of GETEX study abroad options included almost no Australians (25 Aussie univer- sities were doing their own independent Roadshow in the Gulf) and just a scant few institutions from America.
OVER THE COUNTER – Chinese Interest in U.S. Schools Said to Be on the Rise
Recent reforms intended to draw foreign students back to the U.S. appear to be working in China. Since the announcement of new visa rules in January, America has been replacing other English-speaking countries as the destination of choice for some students, sources say.
“Among those students who are applying for U.S. universities with our help, more than one fourth originally planned to go to Britain, Australia, Canada or New Zealand, but they turned to the U.S. after hearing that it is much easier than before to get its visa,” an official with one large Chinese education consulting firm said recently.
Overseas students will soon be able to start applying for their U.S. visas 120 days before their programs begin, rather than the current 90 days; they’ll also be able to arrive in the U.S. 45 days before that date, instead of 15.
Some Chinese students say American schools have also been doing a better job of promoting themselves in China than their British counterparts.
Meanwhile, the construction of new schools in China has encouraged more Chinese to study at home. According to Chinese government statistics, the country’s universities and colleges admitted 4.75 million students in 2005—a 19 per cent increase over the previous year.
source: “http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2006-04/05/content_560009.htm,” China Daily, April 5, 2006
GLOBE TIPPING – “Preponed” Flights
Calling a day or two ahead to confirm a flight you’ve booked can be a good idea for more than one reason. In some countries, such as India, flights are not only delayed but also occasionally put forward or “preponed.