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Challenges and Opportunties: Recruiting International Students from Germany

This week, we are taking a look at the most successful destination country in Europe – are there lessons to be learned from the German recruitment market? As competition to attract international students becomes more pronounced, how can we encourage German and other European students to study in the U.S., despite the obvious attractions of remaining within the EU?

While the U.S. continues to top of the list of countries hosting the highest number of international students, Europe remains the largest host region. Of course, this is largely due to the fact that many of these students come from nations within Europe itself. In fact, internal mobility is so high that as many as 77% of internationally mobile students from Western Europe remain in the region. So, how are you expected to recruit in a country that has such a strong hold on its students? The good news – the U.S. already has a foothold in prospective students’ imaginations.

Bottom Line: Europe is a particularly difficult market to break into, as students generally take advantage of programs like Erasmus+, which offer ease of study between EU countries. Additionally, the cost of European tuition and application fees tend to be much lower and the need for U.S. visas can take its toll on students who are accustomed to free travel within the EU. Still, the interest is there for many German students to come to the US, while the competition of Germany as a study destination grows.

Still a few meeting slots left on our Nafsa schedule at the end of this month. Please be in touch if you would like to schedule a meeting with one of our team out in LA. We have so much research to share (info@intead.com).  Read on for ideas on how to differentiate your academic offerings and compete effectively. 

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Work Experience as a Recruiting Tool: Erasmus+

“I can’t get a job without experience. I can’t get experience without a job.” If you know students who have graduated recently, you’ve probably heard them say this. It’s a cycle that every recent grad is terrified of falling into. Programs like European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students called, Erasmus+ recognized this issue and the program is making it possible for students to gain experience while studying. It's all about making students' futures look a little brighter. And, guess what? It’s working.

Erasmus+, created by the European Union, supports education, training, youth and sport in Europe. The program financially supports opportunities for European students to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.

Bottom Line: According to an ICEF Monitor article published in February 2016, Erasmus+ had more than doubled their number of students in 2014. Yes, you read right. Doubled! It is now sending 500,000 students abroad through their programs each year.

Students are jumping at the chance to go because, here is the kicker, mobility increases employability. And that is good news for your international student recruiting efforts. Students are already seeing the benefits of heading abroad. Now, your job is to show them how you can support their needs.

Our NAFSA presentation on the morning of Wednesday, June 1st is going to address why students seek international study options and how they weigh economic and political factors at home and abroad. We are analyzing 40,000+ completed international student surveys as we write this blog! The results will amaze you and guide your marketing plans. We can't wait to share this stuff with you! We hope you will be in touch to schedule a meeting in Denver.

Read on to learn more about how the lessons of Erasumus+ can inform your global marketing...

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