History has been made – Admissions and MOOCs have finally collided! UPenn’s Coursera class aims to explain the U.S. university admission process to international students and non-native English speakers. Even though the class is already in session, it’s still worth signing up and exploring.

It would be interesting to see more institutions consider using MOOCs to disseminate admissions information across the globe as not all Chinese applicants can afford the $18,000 fee which one UPenn Chinese student paid for admissions consultation.

Remember the wild article in February about Chinese students’ lavish car buying at the University of Oregon? Well, Chinese students without Lamborghinis spoke out to say the perception of Chinese students as wealthy, overlooks the majority of Chinese students.

In case you were nose deep in applications this month, the First Lady paid China a visit. For many, her trip highlighted the inequality between the number of Chinese and American students studying in each others’ countries. For a quick visual of the “U.S.-China education deficit”, be sure to check out the first graph.

Most Chinese applicants have eight more days to decide which boarding high school they will attend. Hotchkiss’ head of school hopes they’ve had candid discussions with their families about the goals and cultural adjustments behind the decision to study abroad. It’s a big decision for any applicant. For Chinese students, it likely means at least eight years outside of China and perhaps up to 12!

One parting thought: We’re seeing more and more U.S. universities using Chinese social media to connect with applicants and current students. Might boarding institutions start doing the same?

That’s all for March!

Chris

(Links in order of appearance)

Applying To U.S. Universities 

For Chinese Students, Admissions Consultants Provide An $18,000 Path To Penn

Perception Of Chinese Students As Wealthy Overlooks Majority 

The First Lady’s Trip To China

Michelle Obama Wants To Balance The U.S.-China Education Deficit

Studying Abroad Not For Every Child 

How US Universities Are Using Social Media To Attract Chinese Students 
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