A Comparison of International Education Organizations with Exchange and Direct Enrollment Options

An International Education Organization, or program provider, can help navigate the process of direct enrollment by taking the administrative burden away from the home institution. A program provider’s sole responsibility is administering the program which lessens the chance for a gap in services and support for the student. Risk is thereby limited by using a quality program provider. Providers often add additional services that university or college study abroad offices cannot due to staffing, funding, etc.

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International Education Organization (IEO) / Program Provider

Placements Often limited number. Not enough space to meet demand. Usually open ended. As many students who want to go can go. Usually open ended. As many students who want to go can go.
Reciprocity Hard to balance incoming and outgoing students. Often becomes a financial burden on the home university. Not needed as there are no incoming students needed to balance outgoing students. Not needed as there are no incoming students needed to balance outgoing students.
Process Home and host institution usually have their own forms to qualify students for acceptance. Host university determines what paperwork is needed for acceptance. IEO works with both home and host university process to eliminate extra work for either party.
Motivation of Student Student needs to be disciplined in order to prepare to go overseas. They also need to be independent as they may be the only one from their institution or country at that location. Student needs to be disciplined in order to prepare to go overseas. Usually won’t be the only student from their country. Student needs to be disciplined in order to prepare to go overseas. IEO helps with expectations and preparation. Usually won’t be the only student from their country.
Student Support at Home Study Abroad Office is the resource students rely on to help them through the application, acceptance, travel, and return from the program. Study Abroad Office is the resource students rely on to help them through the application, acceptance, travel, and return from the program. IEO is the resource students rely on to help them through the application, acceptance, travel, and return from the program. IEO works with host institution, home institution, and families.
Student Support Abroad The host institution has support services in place for visiting exchange students, as they do for all international students. Host institution may have a support team in place to handle issues, as they do for all international students. IEO has an onsite support team in place to handle issues that arise once the student has arrived in country in addition to that at the host institution.
Cost Same as home institution. Fee determined by host institution. Higher program fee due to added services.
Risk Often borne by the home university with hope of assistance from host institution. Liability could likely fall on the home university if there is not adequate coverage. Often borne by either the home university or host university, however, often who is ultimately responsible in managing the risk may be unclear. Borne by all parties to same degree, but managed thoroughly by the IEO to help achieve good outcomes.

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