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Aloha World: Navigating International Education

April 12, 2024 @ 10:00 am - 10:55 am

  • Kokiʻo 201 (STEM Center)

About Session

With the growing popularity of students looking beyond the US border for college degrees, this session will highlight the incredible advantages of doing a bachelor’s degree abroad. Focused on the distinct advantages of studying internationally, our session will shed light on the dynamic cultural engagement and personal growth for students. To provide a nuanced perspective, we are delighted to feature insights from an Australian university representative and a seasoned college counselor in Hawaiʻi.

International education offers an enticing alternative for students, featuring various degree programs with three-year options that are often far more cost-effective than US-based options. Join us in exploring success stories that underscore the profound impact on students’ soft skill development, cross-cultural understanding, and their ability to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. 

Tailored specifically for college counselors in Hawaiʻi, this session aims to dispel prevalent myths surrounding international education, such as the application process, the recognition of international college degrees, and the cost. Beyond addressing potential concerns, we will immerse you in the enriching student experiences abroad, and provide valuable insights on how American students can flourish in diverse academic environments.

While the prospect of advising students on international opportunities may seem daunting due to the intricacies between different countries, our session will equip counselors with tangible tips and practical advice. By the end of our presentation, college counselors will gain a better understanding of how to collaborate with international universities, and be better prepared to guide students towards enriching educational experiences abroad. Join us in unraveling the complexities and embracing the opportunities that international education presents for both students and counselors alike.


Julia Jerving (Country Officer), University of Melbourne & Susan Goya (Dean of College Counseling), Island Pacific Academy
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