Recruiting In South Africa – Winter 2012 Trip

by Professor_B

Recruiting in a country with a mature and well developed education infrastructure is quite a a challenge. It is even more or a challenge when the natives are largely satisfied with the options at home. Such is the case in South Africa.

But even with these factors, it is clear that with better information about the options and opportunities for studying in the United States, even those students are intrigued to the point of interest.

I visited three Model C schools in Durban and presented to about one hundred and twenty students in total. Although they were all boys schools, I found their deportment amazing, the level of consciousness refreshing, and notably, their behavior was exemplary.

The key bits of information that proved to be eye openers were the variances in cost and the affordability of US education; the actual availability of US student visas; and the opportunities for further training and education in the USA post graduation. These three points turned the room from apathy to interest.

Similarly, I had six sessions in Johannesburg. Three were boys only and two were co-ed and one was a fantastic program with parents in attendance graciously hosted by a parent of one of my students. Again, the myths and misconceptions about the realities of US institutions and educational structure were evident.

Students the world over should take note of this. It is important to get guidance from experts rather than buy into street level doctrine. If a student with reasonable parental support desires a US education, it is attainable. It may not necessarily be at an institution that is familiar or famous. But with almost 4000 options, there is a fit for you.

South Africa is beautiful. It is still an emerging mid-power, but clearly a well developed and sophisticated country. Still, students there can benefit from the educational infrastructure in the USA that is still second to none.

Moreover, full choice is still not available in many South African Universities, and there are issues with admission quotas, foreign student reserved places, and residual racial issues from the vestiges of apartheid.

Given all of this, I expect to see and host on my campus, a lot of South African students from all the colors of this “rainbow nation” in the near future. As Mandela’s sun is about to set, South Africa’s rise will continue to a level that will see more of them explore educational opportunities in the USA as many now do in Australia and England.

I look forward to responses from the many students I have met in this fantastic country.

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