Interview for Global Student Exodus to American Colleges: Implications for Counselors

Leaving their home country to study at an American university is a growing trend. With the number of American students entering the education system leveling off, this is the area where most colleges will experience growth in upcoming years. Guiding International students who want to study in the United States can be complicated. Cyndy McDonald interviewed Kristina Dooley, Estrella Consulting, a consultant with vast experience guiding International students, to discuss issues and solicit advice for counselors.

Kristina shared links and resources mentioned in her interview. These have been much requested!


-Data from the Open Doors Study from the Institute of International Education (IIE)*:

*A note on this: While there is a cost to download the entire report, I find the summary data is all I really need to view. There is a great Executive Summary and Presentation that both have a wealth of valuable statistics and data and are both FREE.


-NASFA: Association of International Educators:


-NASFA info on Financial Aid for Undergraduate International Students:


-International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC – formerly the Overseas Association):


-UC Irvine Certificate in Independent Educational Consulting – Elective course in “American College Consulting for the International Student”:


-UCLA Certificate in College Counseling: Elective Course in “College Counseling for International Students”: