New Global PerspectivesDec 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.