Northwestern was among eight Chicago-based institutions selected by the US State Department to host this year’s EducationUSA Training Institute, which took place from April 26 to May 1. EducationUSA Training Institutes are intensive professional development programs that provide EducationUSA advisers with the knowledge and skills they need to enhance their effectiveness at advising international students on US higher education.


The State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs seeks to develop the relationships between people and communities in the United States and around the world that are necessary to solve global challenges. EducationUSA is a network of hundreds of advising centers worldwide that promotes US higher education and helps international students navigate the admissions process. EducationUSA advisers support hundreds of thousands of international students each year and play a critical role in supporting US institutions seeking to internationalize their campuses.


“Since 2006, Northwestern’s undergraduate international population has increased by 123 percent and represents more than 70 countries,” said Aaron Zdawczyk, Northwestern’s associate director of admission. “Beyond engineering and economics, top majors for international students include communication studies, journalism, math, political science and psychology. Northwestern’s international alumni network includes 17,000 alumni in 159 countries.”


Zdawczyk has been one of the coordinators of the event for the University. Several University staff members from the Office of Undergraduate Admission and the International Office participated in the training sessions, and a group of the advisers visited Northwestern on April 30.

The event was one of two collaborations with other Chicago-area institutions focused on international recruitment and enrollment. In July, Northwestern will host 20 counselors from international high schools as part of the Chicagoland Counselor Tour with six other area universities, Zdawczyk said.


“Northwestern’s undergraduate international population has witnessed unprecedented growth and diversity in the last 10 years. The number of students has more than doubled, and the countries represented on campus have changed significantly,” he said. “Thanks to strategic recruitment, student and alumni involvement abroad and University initiatives, such as need-based financial aid, the international population has been transformed to reflect the University’s commitment to being globally engaged and inclusive.”


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