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International Student Admission

Key issues to check before going further in International Student Admission

 A list of major points to prepare your international student admission process is presented. A focus on agent is also described.

  • Academic level

  • Institution of origin

  • Language level

  • Financial capacity

  • Nationality and visa

  • Cultural gap

HigherEdMe supports marketing services for international student recruitment with its global education matchmaking platform, but does not take part in the admission process. However, here are some major points to review to sharpen your international student admission process.

Checking key issues of  international student admission


There are several points to check about an international student candidate profile. Of course the first one is the academic level (grades, degrees, certifications) of the international candidate and his institution of origin, using rankings, credentials, documents and official assessments. Some companies provide this type of services. A first step to check is of course the email domain, that can sometimes match the institution domain (for example harvard.edu).

The language level of the candidate is also a very important key for mobility (check out our comparison charts of certificates). It conditions the speed of integration, course understanding and the global satisfaction of the candidate.

Evaluating financial capacity can be tricky, as it is also connected to cultural habits. Asking for deposits, bank certificates, but also the social class of the candidate -without being too intrusive can give insights.

Then nationality and visa issues have to be checked for security reasons and to respect delays of the admission process.

Finally, making sure that the cultural gap will not be too wide needs basic understanding from the candidate and this can be evaluated by remote interviews or homework to complete.

A short guide to explain mutual expectations before filling an admission form can solve many issues before they appear. It can take the form of a video, a cartoon (such as a manga), an gaming app or a book.

Using Agents for  international student admission

Usually, international student recruitment agencies provide a full range of activities such as admission preparation, programming student information meetings, making one-to-one interviews to determine which institution is best for the candidate, helping on filling up paperwork like admission forms and visa requests, identifying scholarships, preparing for the cultural gap and even language courses.

Most agents are providing these services by invoicing the destination institution when candidates have wired their tuition fees. It is a success-based agreement.

In some countries, these success fees are not authorized by governments because of past corruption scandals implying public funding. Some agents are sometimes invoicing students for such services, even if the destination institution forbids double fees in the agent contract.

Assessing Agents  for international student admission

Using agents for admissions needs some checking also:

  • What team? What past achievements? What are their volumes? Their countries of preference?
  • How do they work? What are their main processes? Their certifications?
  • Do they follow trainings? When? On which country?
  • Who recommend them?
  • How do they assess candidates?
  • Are they connected to high schools/local colleges and universities?
  • How many institutions are in their portfolio?

Finding Agents

The HigherEdMe platform now integrates a matchmaking part to identify and contact agents on a global scale : https://app.highered.me