Case Study: Career Colleges Increase Foreign Student Enrollment

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Career colleges in the United States have expanded international student enrollment. If you are considering or have decided to come to the United States for college, you know what you want to do, and you prefer a focused curriculum, attending a career college may be the right fit for you. These schools offer flexible course options – including days, nights, weekends, and online classes – that allow you to work through school, or make the most of your time out of the classroom to explore the country you have come to.

Focused curriculums at career colleges are both intentional and organic. First, the school is designed to prepare students to graduate ready to work in a specific job. This means courses are tailored to the realities of the field and the workplace, emphasizing what employers are looking for in new hires, and the skills you will need to start off a successful career. At the same time, instructors at career colleges work in the field as well. Most teach and also work in their field as an employee, independent contractor, or even have their own business or private practice. All of the theory, knowledge, and skills you learn in school will be directly applied in context through hands-on experience, and your instructors will be equipped to help you understand their application in the world of the field today.

Career colleges also offer career fairs and have relationships with employers who trust in their curriculum. It is not uncommon for students to begin working in their field – either as an employee, contractor, or intern – while they are still in school. This is because a focused curriculum allows for students to gain the skills employers are looking for quickly, and because the flexible schedule encourages students to work alongside school. Career college emphasizes hands-on experience and learning in context. While traditional four-year college graduates still have trouble finding work after school, career college graduates in the United States have a high rate of job placement directly after school. An added benefit of this aspect of career college is that you can find a job to sponsor your work visa before you run into problems with an expiring education visa.

How can you start the application process for a career college? These schools tend to have more lenient enrollment requirements, but you will have to show that you meet the enrollment requirements based on US educational measurements. Submit your high school transcripts showing your coursework, exam marks, and attendance, as well as any standardized test scores and college or university transcripts. You will have to have your education evaluated for US equivalence so the school’s admissions department will understand the value of your education.

Many schools evaluate transcripts themselves, but many schools also don’t have the resources – or expertise – to do this. Career colleges in particular. Higher education in the US is not nationally centralized, so schools have a lot of autonomy in making decisions for themselves. It’s always a good idea to have your transcripts evaluated for US equivalence before you apply for college.

We will write an accurate evaluation of your transcripts while also taking into consideration the specific admissions requirements of your school. A cookie cutter evaluation does not always work because educational structures vary greatly from country to country, and some career colleges require specific prerequisites based on the field of study.

Some translation agencies offer evaluation services as well. DO NOT treat translation and evaluation as a one-stop shop. These are both highly specialized and very different processes. Have your transcripts translated, and then take them to an evaluation agency for the second step of this process.

College admission application for international students can be a complex and frustrating process. Your evaluation does not have to be. At TheDegreePeople, we make the evaluation process for career colleges seamless. We evaluate your transcripts expertly with the admission requirements of the college, university, or career college of your choice in mind. Visit us at for a free consultation on your transcripts and education goals.

This article was written by Rebecca Little