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Study Group Announces Partnership with University of Vermont

06 February 2013

Study Group is excited to announce a new partnership with the University of Vermont to create a pathway program for international students.

The partnership is anticipated to triple the university’s current international student body within the next four to five years, starting with an inaugural class of around 50 students in January of 2014.

“Study Group has an outstanding reputation of partnering with higher education institutions here and abroad to help universities recruit international students based on quality and integrity,” said UVM president Tom Sullivan. “Increasing undergraduate international student enrolment will enhance the quality of the UVM experience for all members of the UVM community. We already have almost 400 international students on campus… our partnership with Study Group will build on this as we recruit and welcome bright, motivated students from around the world.”

Study Group expects to help UVM recruit approximately 140 international students per year with a two-term pathway sequence. It will be created to prepare students academically and socially for progression to degree status with 24 to 28 credits, if they meet all the program standards.

Joseph Cece, Study Group’s managing director for higher education in North America, said, “We are so excited to partner with an outstanding flagship university like UVM... It has an abundance of selling points attractive to foreign students, including the quality and depth of its undergraduate programs. Rankings are very important to many international students and UVM’s top 100 status among U.S. institutions and top 40 ranking among publics is a huge advantage. The university’s location in relation to New York, Boston and Montreal, and its beautiful campus in a safe and vibrant city like Burlington are very attractive. Our mission is to recruit high-quality students who will be successful and culturally enrich UVM and the local community.”

Chris Lucier is vice president for enrollment management at UVM. Speaking on the two-term pathway agreement he commented; “This program is directly aligned with President Sullivan’s vision to diversify the undergraduate population… including increasing international undergraduate enrollment to 5-7 percent. We feel strongly that partnering with an outstanding company like Study Group and its well-established worldwide network, and focus on student outcomes, is the best way to bring these students and their cultures and experiences to UVM.”

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