Global Gateway Program

Global Gateway Program to launch at University of Vermont

February 8, 2013

The University of Vermont cements a partnership with Study Group, to expand its internationalization efforts through opening a Global Gateway Program on campus.

University of Vermont partners with Study Group

The University of Vermont (UVM) has taken a major step forward in its efforts to diversify its undergraduate student population: the agreement with Study Group is expected to help the University attract some of the seven million students estimated to be studying outside their country of birth in the next decade. The partnership is anticipated to triple the University's current international student body of 1.8% within the next 4-5 years, starting with an inaugural intake in January 2014.

"Study Group has an outstanding reputation of partnering with higher education institutions here and abroad to help universities recruit international students based on quality and integrity," said University President Tom Sullivan. "Increasing undergraduate international student enrollment, part of the University's broad strategic action plan, will enhance the quality of the UVM experience for all members of the UVM community. We already have almost 400 international students on campus, 180 of them undergraduates, who are enriching our classrooms, student organizations, and the broader campus community. Through our partnership with Study Group we will build on this as we recruit and welcome bright, motivated students from around the world to UVM."

Study Group is expected to help University of Vermont recruit approximately 140 international students per year, primarily from Asia initially, then from areas such as Latin America, Europe, India, Russia, and the Middle East, among others. The University has nearly tripled its international undergraduate enrollment from a base of 65 over the past four years, driven primarily by the US-Sino Pathways Program, a multi-component program created by the Consortium of North American Universities. International students recruited by Study Group will be initially admitted into an international pathway program. The two-term Global Gateway Program sequence will be designed to prepare students academically and socially for progression to degree status with 24 to 28 credits, assuming they meet all program standards.

"This program is directly aligned with President Sullivan's vision to diversify the undergraduate population and is a key part of his overall enrollment management plan, which includes increasing international undergraduate enrollment to 5 to 7%," said Chris Lucier, Vice President for Enrollment Management. "The partnership will enhance the student experience for all students and almost guarantees that US students will develop business, political and social relationships with people from other countries. We feel strongly that partnering with an outstanding company like Study Group and its well-established worldwide network, and focus on student outcomes, is the best way to bring these students and their cultures and experiences to UVM."

Study Group expects to have at least three staff members on campus. With a strong focus on student success, the Global Gateway Program staff will work collaboratively with University of Vermont faculty and staff to help international students navigate those academic, social, and cultural adjustments associated with attending school in another country. University of Vermont will deliver the academically-related portion of the pathway, bringing the students immediately into the academic fold of the University.

"One of the things UVM wanted as part of our international recruitment strategy was to make sure we would manage all aspects of the academic experience," said Gayle Nunley, associate provost for faculty affairs and internationalization and a faculty member in the Department of Romance Languages & Linguistics. "The academic component of the international pathway will be managed and delivered by university faculty with Study Group providing recruitment and student support services. I cannot stress enough how much work the recruitment piece is. Getting students from around the world excited about coming to UVM will take a firm of Study Group's caliber, which has a strong on-the-ground presence and a great reputation."

Joseph Cece, Study Group's managing director for higher education in North America, said University of Vermont has some notable attributes that will make it easier for Study Group's global recruitment network of 38 offices around the world to attract high-quality students.

"We are so excited to partner with an outstanding flagship university like the University of Vermont, one of our nation's public ivies," said Cece. "UVM has a number of selling points that will be attractive to international students, including the quality and depth of its undergraduate programs. Rankings are very important to many international students and UVM's top 100 status among US institutions and top 40 ranking among public universities is a huge advantage. The university's location in relation to New York, Boston and Montreal and UVM's beautiful campus located in a safe and vibrant city like Burlington are very attractive. Our mission is to recruit high-quality students who will be successful students and culturally enrich University of Vermont and the local community."

About the Global Gateway Program at University of Vermont in New England