June 6, 2013
Eight educational visitors were participants in the first group “SUNY Campus Familiarization Visit” during June 3 – June 7 with Fulton-Montgomery Community College being the only community college selected for a campus tour. Several FM faculty, administrators, and International students participated in the visit, followed by an evening reception and dinner. The FM campus visit was coordinated by Arlene Spencer, FM Director of International Student and ESL Programs.
SUNY works with a number of educational agencies worldwide to assist in the recruitment of international students to campus members of the SUNY Select Consortium. The SUNY Select Consortium are campuses who agree to work with the SUNY Office of Global Affairs for recruitment services. These services include: promoting SUNY academic programs, finding suitable international prospective students to undertake SUNY academic programs, counseling potential SUNY applicants through the admissions process, and assisting students in completing applications, enrollment and pre-departure processes.
SUNY had organized individual visits in the past and feedback from both campuses and agents confirmed these visits are of mutual benefit to all parties. Agents come away with an increased understanding of what is important to their educational agencies and the students in their markets.
The SUNY Campus Familiarization Visit started at the Global Center in New York City on Monday, June 3 and finishes in Buffalo on Friday, June 7. It is led by SUNY Office of Global Affairs Director for International Recruitment and Agency Operations Krista Northup. Participants represented many world destinations including China, Germany, India and South America.