By Rose McKain Director of Academic Support Services
ECPI University is opening an exciting new chapter in its history as it is now authorized to enroll non-immigrant students through the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Student and Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP). The University is pleased to welcome international students in undergraduate, graduate and diploma programs at the following campuses:
• Newport News, Virginia
• Northern Virginia (Manassas), Virginia
• Raleigh, North Carolina
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
According to a November 2012 report on international educational exchange, released by the Institute of International Education (IIE), nearly 765,000 students from around the globe came to the United States in the 2011-12 academic year to pursue post-secondary education. Both North Carolina and Virginia are among the top 20 destination states for international students, Virginia ranking #14 with over 15,000 international students, and North Carolina Ranking #17, with nearly 14,000 international students. The report reveals that Computer and Information Science, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Business, and the Health Science professions are among those areas of study in greatest demand by the top 25 countries sending student to the US for posts-econdary study.
“ECPI University focuses on the things that all students have in common: a desire for quality, hands-on education and achieving successful entry into a career when they graduate,” says ECPI President Mark Dreyfus. “ECPI’s calendar structure is the norm for many international students, who are accustomed to educational systems which provide year-round instruction. These are just some of the benefits which will ease international students’ adjustment and enable them to have greater commonality with our domestic population when they arrive.”
The mission of ECPI University and its core values are fundamental to the University’s commitment to enrolling international students. Key to a student-centered learning environment that promotes each student’s professional and personal life is the opportunity for all ECPI University students to develop and engage in meaningful and lasting relationships with other students from around the world.
The addition of international students will only enhance the educational experience for ECPI’s current student body. Within the classroom, newly arrived international students will provide a framework for information exchange, collaboration, and identification of cross-cultural norms imperative to global career development. As students from all corners of the globe come together in the ECPI classroom, and by working side-by side, they will engage in teamwork and communication, and achieve problem-solving skills so vital to successful employment in today’s boundary-less global workforce.
The University is expanding student support services in Newport News, Northern Virginia, Raleigh, and Virginia Beach to seamlessly integrate its future international students. These support services will include regulatory support and assistance with cultural adjustment needs. Visit the new International Student Information page at http://www.ecpi.edu/international for additional information.