New Global Perspectives

Dec 9th, 2013 | By admin | 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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