New Global Perspectives

Dec 9th, 2013 | By | Category: Highlights

BY Jes­si­ca L. Cook

Wesley’s inter­na­tion­al pres­ence on cam­pus and abroad has increased expo­nen­tial­ly in the last two years. The pro­gram has grown from a few for­eign stu­dents on cam­pus to the cur­rent enroll­ment of 21 inter­na­tion­al schol­ars work­ing toward under­grad­u­ate as well as grad­u­ate degrees.

There are 11 coun­tries rep­re­sent­ed at Wes­ley, includ­ing Sau­di Ara­bia, Fin­land, Ger­many, Nepal, Chi­na and more. Wesley’s recent Inter­na­tion­al Stu­dent Exchange Pro­gram (ISEP) trav­el­ers have stud­ied in the Unit­ed King­dom, France, Korea, Hong Kong, Italy, Aus­tria, and Fin­land. The pro­gram con­tin­ues to pro­mote Wesley’s sin­gle-course fac­ul­ty-led pro­grams, where fac­ul­ty mem­bers trav­el abroad with a group of stu­dents dur­ing sea­son­al breaks. These trips are also open to alum­ni and friends of the Col­lege.

Wesley’s Direc­tor of Inter­na­tion­al Pro­grams, Kevin Cullen, inher­it­ed his role in July 2011 from Dr. Susan Coop­er. She men­tored Cullen on how to main­tain a broad­er view of inter­na­tion­al edu­ca­tion and how to see the big pic­ture. Since then, he has seen the pro­gram grow to include expand­ed accul­tur­a­tion activ­i­ties, a sub­stan­tial increase in the num­ber of inter­na­tion­al stu­dents recruit­ed and an increase in the num­ber of Wes­ley stu­dents study­ing abroad.

“The suc­cess and growth of the pro­gram is tru­ly a com­bi­na­tion of old-fash­ioned hard work and sen­si­ble busi­ness prac­tices,” said Cullen. “We have increased our recruit­ing efforts by reach­ing out to oth­er pro­grams and col­leges, as well as dili­gent fol­low-through of elec­tron­ic inquires.”

With the rapid growth of the pro­gram, a new Inter­na­tion­al Admis­sions Office has been estab­lished. Grad­u­ate assis­tants are the key to the program’s effi­cient process for han­dling inter­na­tion­al stu­dent appli­ca­tions.

Cur­rent­ly, Wes­ley main­tains artic­u­la­tion agree­ments with two Eng­lish Lan­guage Insti­tutes (Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware and Notre Dame Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land). Wes­ley is also a rec­og­nized col­lege of the Sau­di Ara­bia Cul­tur­al Mis­sion (SACM).

“Kevin is an entre­pre­neur­ial thinker, and he brings his pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ence in sales and mar­ket­ing to the pro­gram,” said Wes­ley Col­lege Pres­i­dent William N. John­ston. “We are very pleased to be able to offer our stu­dents and inter­na­tion­al stu­dents more mul­ti­cul­tur­al oppor­tu­ni­ties.”

The amount of inter­na­tion­al par­tic­i­pa­tion is expect­ed to con­tin­ue to rise. The num­ber of inter­na­tion­al stu­dents for the 2018–2019 aca­d­e­m­ic year is pro­ject­ed to be more than 100. In order to reach that mark, the pro­gram must con­tin­ue to devel­op the nec­es­sary foun­da­tions for con­sid­er­able growth.

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