UI gaining international regard
By Nora Heaton
One freshman from Hungary learned about the UI through his grandparents. A Chinese student heard about the campus through a friend. Another discovered it on the Internet.
Some international students find the UI on their own, but university officials are hoping increased recruitment efforts abroad will help them.
Recent cuts to state funding have prompted school officials to seek more nonresidents, who pay higher tuition rates, to help subsidize costs. Increasingly, this means looking overseas.
Recruitment teams use numerous strategies, said Downing Thomas, the dean of International Programs. UI representatives travel abroad to visit college fairs and high schools — particularly those that prepare students well or those at which UI recruiters have had past success.
Contributed with permission from The Daily Iowan.