Monday, April 13, 2015

New Partnership to Serve International Students

Image from World Education Group web home page, students meeting together on a campus.

Rio Salado College is a leading provider of online learning in Maricopa County, and will soon be serving a broader student base thanks to a new partnership between the Tempe-based college and the World Education Group.

The World Education Group recruits foreign students who are interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in the United States through its American University Pathway Program (AUPP).

image of Dr. McGrath

“Rio Salado pursued this partnership to reach out to international students and provide educational opportunities for those in underserved areas,” said Dr. Jennifer McGrath, Rio Salado’s Vice President for Academic Affairs.

While in their home countries, students can earn up to 30 credits of general education studies online with Rio Salado. The students then have the option of taking more classes in person at a Maricopa Community College and transferring to a four-year institution, or transferring directly to an American university.

"Taking their first year of courses online with Rio Salado allows international students the time to get their affairs in order and prepare for moving to the United States while still earning college credit,” McGrath said.

Another benefit to students is cost savings. International students who remain in their home countries and take online classes through Rio Salado for the first two years can save thousands of dollars in tuition, and room and board fees.

“Online classes offer affordability because students don’t have expenses related to on-campus housing and living,” McGrath said.

AUPP operates centers in many countries, so international students have the benefit of a local learning community. Their “full-support learning” model provides mentoring, tutoring, advising, registration and application assistance to ensure student success before relocation to the United States.

During this time, Rio Salado College staff will work hand in hand with AUPP mentors to ensure a smooth advisement and registration process.

"International students can expect the same level of service and support as our students within the United States,” McGrath said. “They will receive the same quality online education which will prepare them for further studies when they arrive.”

AUPP targets high school graduates and senior-level students who have strong academic records and advanced English skills.

Once enrolled, students begin their college coursework with an online orientation followed by an English class. They can then choose from a list of 15-16 course options.

Because Rio Salado College has articulation agreements with 40+ universities nationwide, students can seamlessly transfer their credits toward a bachelor’s degree program.

This story can also be found in the April 11, 2015 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College. 

Please note, international students can register directly with Rio Salado College.  Visit this web page for more details about programs and services available to international students.