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Previous Webinars

  • Previous Webinars

  • Student Recruitment on a Shoestring

  • Social Media For Higher Education International Recruitment

  • International Student Recruitment in Saudi Arabia

  • International Student Recruitment in Israel and West Bank

  • International Student Recruitment in Portugal and Spain

  • Opportunities in Brazil – English Language Products and Services

  • Kazakhstan Higher Education Market



Making Contacts:

  • Making Contacts:



Making Contacts:

  • Making Contacts:













Rankings and Key Findings

    • Rankings and Key Findings


Rankings and Key Findings

    • Rankings and Key Findings






Public Schooling System

  • Public Schooling System



Timeframe - Student applications for the next academic year needs to be completed by May. Academic calendar in SA runs from Jan - Nov

  • Timeframe - Student applications for the next academic year needs to be completed by May. Academic calendar in SA runs from Jan - Nov

  • SAT and ACT assessments are offered 5 times a year in South Africa

  • TOEFL assessments are offered 3 times a month

  • Graduate Admission: the GRE (Graduate Records Exam) and the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) are offered multiple times a month

  • GPA: to calculate a South African students GPA, use the letter symbol for the percentage or number (1-7) mark earned here. US GPA values are as follows: A=4.0; B=3.0; C=2.0; D=1.0; F=0.



Total number of SA students currently studying in the U.S. 1,716

  • Total number of SA students currently studying in the U.S. 1,716

  • Top 5 States: Massachusetts, New York, California, Pennsylvania and Texas



Undergraduate programs account for 54% of total students

  • Undergraduate programs account for 54% of total students

  • 82% study in 4 year programs

  • 18% study in 2 year Community College programs and then look to articulate into a mainstream institution.

  • Most popular courses : Engineering, Business, IT, Post graduate management courses



English. This is not the primary medium of instruction in the majority or schools. Students have a limited understanding and this makes studying in English more difficult

  • English. This is not the primary medium of instruction in the majority or schools. Students have a limited understanding and this makes studying in English more difficult

  • Tuition Fees. The weakening of the local currency makes studying in the U.S. very expensive. The average tuition fee for an undergraduate program is more than the yearly income from a local household



Target audience - The students that the U.S. institutes meet come from private and semi private schools. These schools have English as their medium of instruction and command a high tuition fee. This mitigates against language and funding barriers.

  • Target audience - The students that the U.S. institutes meet come from private and semi private schools. These schools have English as their medium of instruction and command a high tuition fee. This mitigates against language and funding barriers.

  • Provides alternatives avenues to study in the U.S. – Community Colleges and Scholarships



Help schools gain market exposure and introduce them to African markets

  • Help schools gain market exposure and introduce them to African markets

  • Help schools access business prospects by establishing valuable contacts

  • Help schools develop market knowledge leading to student recruitment and potential partnerships.



One on one meetings with interested, relevant students

  • One on one meetings with interested, relevant students

  • Roundtable discussions with local authorities to encourage cooperation

  • One on one meetings with education stakeholders and local institutes about creating strategic mutually beneficial partnerships.

  • Education mission taking place in March; registration is closed, but be on the lookout for a follow up mission!











Education Mission to Central America – May 2-5, 2016

  • Education Mission to Central America – May 2-5, 2016

  • Panama, Honduras, and Guatemala (Optional stop)

  • Cities: Panama City, San Pedro Sula, and Guatemala City (optional)

  • Since 2006, the number of students attending higher-education institutions in the United States from these 3 countries has increased 15%.

  •  Who should join this mission?

  • Intensive English Language Programs

  • Community Colleges

  • Summer Programs

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs

  • Registration Deadline: March 1, 2016

  • For more information, please contact:

  • Sara Moreno, Lexington USEAC, (859) 225-7001, sara.moreno@trade.gov

  • Shelby Peterson, Salt Lake City UESAC, (801) 255-1872, shelby.peterson@trade.gov



Thank you!

  • Thank you!

  • Daniel Gaines

  • daniel.gaines@trade.gov

  • 703.217.2467

  • www.export.gov/industry/education




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