As the United States continues to expand its efforts to attract more international students to its campuses, a number of American universities have taken to establishing joint venture pathways in collaboration with private partners to facilitate international students’ transitions.
What is a Joint Venture Pathway?
A joint venture pathway is a collaboration between individual universities and private business partners that carry out various recruitment activities abroad. These recruitment partners seek out students, screen and assess them, then direct them to specific Western institutions.
How is it Different from an International Recruiter?
International recruiters are common in many parts of the world. In fact, in many countries it would be nearly impossible to navigate the various channels to applying to Western institutions without the assistance of an international recruiter. These recruiters work by matching international students with fitting Western institutions and assisting in the application process.
Joint venture pathways instead seek out students that fit the institution’s desired criteria and prepare them for progressing through the universities program. This preparation includes not only assistance in the application process, but also preparatory courses (often an English language course with selected introductory courses) chosen by the university.
Joint Venture Pathway Recap:
- US universities are expanding joint venture pathway programs to increase international student enrollment
- Joint Venture Pathways offer more benefits to international students than foreign recruiters typically do
- The benefits of Joint Venture Pathways come in the form of assistance with the application process in addition to offering language and introductory courses selected by the university to prepare the student for advancement through the university’s program
Given the inherent benefits, international students applying to institutions in the United States should be sure to check if the university they are considering offers joint venture pathways.