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Can a better admissions experience increase international student enrollment?

Choosing to study in the U.S. is an exciting step for international applicants and prospective students. The admissions process, however, can be confusing and overwhelming. From researching schools and programs to completing applications to understanding financing and visa – international students often navigate this with limited or disjointed information. 

Recovering from the pandemic, U.S. universities are seeing an uptick in international enrollment. However, the numbers have been declining over the past few years. More than ever, it’s crucial to reevaluate how institutions are attracting, engaging, and supporting international students.  

Interstride surveyed international students to learn about the challenges they faced during the admissions process. Higher-ed and admissions leaders can use these insights to improve the experience for international applicants and prospective students. 

Highlights from the report include:

  • The top challenges that international students experience during the admissions process
  • The top resources and websites international students rely on. 
  • Key topics of information international students want to know 
  • Student sentiment across the entire admissions process. 
  • Recommendations for higher-ed and admissions leaders to improve the admissions journey.

About the author

Anna Esaki-Smith is Co-Founder of Education Rethink, a global research consultancy that provides advice on international strategies to higher education institutions, private companies, and governmental organizations. Anna specializes in helping universities develop and maximize their global outreach activities including international student recruitment, partnership development, content creation, and global branding. She is also a contributor to Forbes.com, covering education and workforce trends. She previously worked at UC Berkeley, the British Council, and EF Education First, and has been based in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris, and currently in New York.

Some of our partners

Our diverse partner portfolio includes large public institutions, private universities, liberal arts colleges, and other prestigious programs.

Join us on Wednesday, Apr 13, 2 PM Pacific / 5 PM Eastern for a discussion with Anna about the research report!


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