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NEEDHAM, Mass., Jan. 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CollegeWeekLive(TM), the live channel where students and colleges meet live online, today announced new memberships and expanded services. These include a new membership to support the recruitment of international students, turnkey premium marketing campaigns, and concierge services -- designed to make it easier for colleges to expand reach and improve overall application and yield rates.
Increasingly, U.S. colleges are looking to distant shores for prospective freshman. Ten years ago, the number of international students attending colleges in the United States was 419,585, but today that number has nearly doubled to 764,495. The most cost-effective way for higher education institutions to reach international students is online. Students too, have travel and cost considerations. "Living in a foreign country, I cannot travel to visit colleges and it is expensive to contact schools by phone," said Lisette, a student from The Netherlands.
With the CollegeWeekLive International Membership, a university is now able to virtually meet prospective students at six of the largest international college fairs in the world. Students from 192 countries attended CollegeWeekLive virtual events last year, including a program hosted in partnership with the U.S. State Department that was attended by more than 13,000 students. The CollegeWeekLive International Membership enables a college to leverage unlimited chat sessions to connect instantly with international students as inquiries come in. Lastly, the service makes it possible for a college to target CollegeWeekLive registrants based on country, geographic region, or academic interest.