Nigeria is in a league of its own regarding population growth and potential international student recruitment. According to Nigeria’s National Universities Commission, fewer than 20% of applicants to Nigerian universities gained admission over the last decade, leaving 6.3 million qualified students without a place (ICEF Insights Report 2020).
IELTS USA’s in-country partners at IDP and representatives from the Community College of Baltimore County and Syracuse University will spotlight Nigeria in an upcoming webinar as a promising recruitment market. Register to learn about mobility trends, English proficiency trends, as well as strategies for recruiting and supporting students from one of the only regions to see an increase in international student mobility (2020 IIE Open Doors).
Jennifer Matthews, Director of International Admissions, Syracuse University
Bolu Oluwadia, Associate Regional Manager, IELTS USA
Funmi Peter Thomas, IELTS Operations and Business Development Manager, Nigeria, IDP Education, LTD
Nellie Pharr-Maletta, Assistant Director of International Student Services and PDSO, Community College of Baltimore County Maryland
Colleges and universities can create true access for their international students by creating support services designed to meet the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students. To meet this need, many institutions are moving to centralized offices that focus on international student success. For institutions wanting to do more, knowing where to start can be challenging.
Join panelists from Delta State University and Mississippi College as they discuss how designing an International Student Support Center can help attract, support, and retain international students. Dr. Christy Riddle and Missey Hudson from Delta State University will share how their International Student Success Center was created, the services they provide, and how they track international student success. Michelle Johansen from Delta State University will share how Delta State’s diversity, equity, and inclusion programs include and highlight international students in campus life. Additionally, Mei-Chi Piletz from Mississippi College will share how their Office of Global Education has become a home away from home for their international students and discuss the services they provide to ensure a smooth transition to university life and a successful on-campus and off-campus student experience.
Missey Hudson, International Admissions Specialist, Delta State University
Michelle Johansen, International Education Coordinator, Delta State University
Kate McKeen, Director of Higher Education, IELTS USA
Mei-Chi Piletz, Executive Director, Office of Global Education, Mississippi College
Dr. Christy Riddle, Executive Director of Student Success Center and International Services, Delta State University
With the onset of the global pandemic, a growing number of institutions in the US have made the decision to temporarily waive standardized testing requirements. While other institutions and state systems have made the decision to completely phase out SAT and ACT requirements over the next four years.
In this webinar, IELTS USA and co-presenters from higher education institutions and international secondary schools explored best practices for transitioning to a test optional policy and tips for advising prospective US-bound international students as admissions requirements change.
Ruby Bhattacharya, Associate Director of Admissions and the Director of International Recruitment, Barnard College
Jennifer Blask, Executive Director of International Admissions, University of Rochester
Becky Konwicz, Dean of Undergraduate Admission, Santa Clara University
Kate McKeen, Director, Higher Education, IELTS USA
Lisa Przekop, Director, Undergraduate Admissions, University of California, Santa Barbara
Shikha Vij, Career Counselor at Step by Step School, Noida, India
The IELTS Partners invite researchers with expertise in language learning and assessment research to apply for funding to undertake applied research projects in relation to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Learn more about the 2021 research areas of interest and application process from former Joint Funded Research Grant Recipient, Dr. Okim Kang, and Joint Funded Research Committee Member, Jenny Osborne.
Dr. Okim Kang, Ph.D, Professor of Applied Linguistics/TESL and Director of the Applied Linguistics Speech Lab, Northern Arizona University
Jenny Osborne, Researcher Coordinator- IELTS, IDP Education
Latin America has consistently played an important role in global international student mobility and many countries in this region are frequently listed in IIE’s Open Doors Report list of top sending countries for US Institutions. Join IELTS USA and co-presenters for an overview of Latin America. This webinar will review the mobility of students from this region and discuss trends in education reform that may affect future student mobility. Additionally, we will share IELTS test taker trends, recruitment opportunities for US institutions, and best practices for English language support for academic success.
Ed Bustos, Director of International Admission, Rollins College
Fred Johnson, Director of International Admissions, Johnson & Wales University
Alex Wood, Regional Exams Commercial Development Manager, British Council Americas
Universities across the globe have responded to the many challenges posed by Covid-19, one of which is determining the English language proficiency of international applicants while test centers are temporarily closed. Many universities responded to this challenge by temporarily accepting short online tests, which lack the robust peer-reviewed validity studies of other long-standing proficiency tests. As Tony Clark, Senior Research Manager at Cambridge Assessment English, mentioned in his recent Linkedln article, shorter online tests offer less time to assess the skills you would expect from a test being used for academic purposes.
Join us for a webinar exploring how universities are grappling with these same questions and implementing safeguards to ensure struggling students can be identified and provided the language support they need.
Misty Wilson, ESL Program Development & Research Manager, IELTS USA
Tony Clark, Senior Research Manager, Cambridge Assessment English
Alison Camacho, Associate Director of SCAD Language Studio, Savannah College of Art and Design
Katherine Pope, Director of English Language Institute, North Central College
English language study is becoming increasingly important in the Central Asia region. Kazakhstan, which is the economic powerhouse in this region, has recently reformed their education system to meet their goal of creating a trilingual country by 2050. This reform included a recent initiative to teach sciences in English in all schools across the country.
Join IELTS USA and co-presenters for an overview of Central Asia with a spotlight on This webinar will review the student mobility of this region and recent education reforms to promote English language proficiency. Additionally, we will discuss IELTS test taker trends, recruitment opportunities for US institutions, and best practices for English language support for academic success.
Daniyar Duiagambetov, Marketing Manager, Central Asia , British Council
Naomi Levine, Director of Admissions, North field Mount Herman
Dr. Kathie Stromile Golden, Provost and Senior Vice -President for Academic Affairs, Mississippi Valley State University
COVID-19 has exacerbated existing acculturation challenges for international students, and recently there has been a renewed interest in higher education to tend to their students’ emotional and mental well-being. For non-native English speakers, language difficulties can further impact their ability to cope during these difficult times.
Join IELTS USA and international higher education colleagues for a discussion on the importance of language and the impact this has on mental health and well-being for non-native English speakers.
Guest speakers, Dr. Nelson Brunsting (from Wake Forest University and Patriece Campbell from Millereyille University will share research-informed, practical strategies that international student administrators can use to break down cultural barriers, help promote international students' resilience, and foster a culture of care and advocacy in promoting international students’ mental health.
Globalization has not only affected the increase in student mobility, It has also changed the landscape of English as the lingua franca in jobs around the world. This webinar will discuss the evolving English proficiency requirements in career fields across multiple disciplines, and the effect this has on the success of international students’ job placement statistics.
We will also review how the changes in employer expectations should be considered when setting admissions requirements for International students, and adding more in-depth student support services for career preparation.
Katherine Beczak, Assistant Director, Graduate Enrollment Services, Rochester Institute of Technology
Rebecca Chase, Associate Director, Market Readiness & Employment, Wake Forest University
Mark Hurrell, Development Manager, Recognition, Cambridge Assessment English
Marianne Menius, Graduate Program and Research Manager, IELTS USA
English proficiency is a vital factor for International student success both Inside and outside the classroom. Successful students, specifically non- native English speakers, should be ready to engage in academic and social communication through productive and receptive skills.
In order to ensure that students are able to succeed and meet the demands of their program, it is essential to understand the complexity of English proficiency and assess these skills.
While interviews can serve as an important component of the admissions process, they will not provide an admissions officer or faculty member with a complete assessment of a student’s English proficiency. Enacting admissions policies that holistically assess students” English proficiency is essential for both student and university program success.
Did you know that IELTS USA provides more than just an English proficiency test? We also offer a variety of resources to assist representatives serving international students in a variety of capacities. Our goal is to provide services and support to help improve the overall international student experience on campus.
Join representatives from IELTS USA and panelists from Long Beach City College, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Mississippi Valley State University, and the University of La Verne as we take you on a journey highlighting IELTS complimentary services and professional development opportunities. Learn more about IELTS and participate in a panel discussion with your colleagues who are already using many of these resources.
Join representatives from IELTS USA, LSAC, and Tulane Law School to learn more about how we work together to provide law schools with valid and reliable English proficiency assessments for their applicants.
In this webinar, we discuss the IELTS data that can be received from LSAC, how law schools can set up their own IELTS Results Service Verification account and other complimentary IELTS services that are available to all universities. Tulane Law School will also share some examples from their experience of working with both IELTS and LSAC.
With the application season right around the corner, we invite you to join IELTS USA for our IELTS 101 webinar. This webinar is geared towards both undergraduate and graduate admissions professionals, and is ideal for anyone new to international admissions or in need of an IELTS refresher.
- an overview of IELTS
- a review of score delivery options that are offered to recognizing organizations
- information on IELTS Indicator and API integration