Conditional admissions for foreign students gaining acceptance in US

August 13, 2010

In an increasingly competitive global marketplace for top international students, the practice of extending conditional admissions to applicants with strong academic backgrounds but weak language skills is growing in popularity in the US. "If you don't do it, you could cut off a substantial part of your market." The practice also appeals to students hoping a conditional-admissions offer will help them get a US visa more easily than if they applied to go to the country just for language study. A growing number of colleges have formed partnerships with independent providers of English-language instruction. One company organizes recruitment fairs for its partner institutions, giving them access to its agent network, advice on recruiting overseas, and exposure to students, parents, and schools. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)