Welcoming International Students at U.S. Community Colleges

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This paper provides an overview of international students at community colleges in the United States. It describes the models for study and the benefits of studying at a community college for international students. It then brings together the information presented in these first two sections to discuss the experiences of eight international admissions and student services offices that approach international student recruitment and retention in different ways to illuminate the possibilities for supporting international students at these types of institutions.

International student recruitment is a significant endeavor with numerous stakeholders worldwide. This paper offers promising practices for international student recruitment and retention shared by eight institutional representatives for U.S. community college stakeholders looking at how to maintain or increase international student enrollment. It highlights valuable resources available to all institutions and organizations supporting international education professionals.