Energizing the International Studies ProgramPosted by Janae Melvin on November 29, 2016 in International, IT, MBA The global appeal of Ottawa University is rapidly growing as word spreads about the quality of education offered both at The College and in APOS. Over the past year, OU has taken steps to again become a major player in the international student market.
At The College, 22 international students representing 10 countries are currently enrolled. The introduction of lacrosse to the athletic department this past year brought six students from Canada to campus. Men’s soccer has brought students from England and Scotland, and the first student to attend OU from Croatia enrolled as a graduate assistant tennis coach.
In APOS, in the summer of 2016, Ottawa University made a commitment to re-energize its International Studies Program. As part of the ongoing expansion of the program, OU entered into a partnership with Howell Management Services (HMS) to assist with recruiting students globally.
There are currently 28 students enrolled in the Executive MBA-IT program as a result of this partnership, proof that the programs being offered by OU is in high demand within this particular market. The students meet at the Arizona campus once a term for an intensive weekend and then return home to continue their employment, which is a required part of the program. In addition, each student must take part in Circular Practical Training, similar to an internship, which many are completing as part of their full-time employment. The next cohort is scheduled to begin in spring 2017. While all students currently reside in the United States, the students enrolled in the program are originally from India, China, Nigeria, Spain, and Taiwan. This has allowed for the class to benefit from a diverse background of students, which has enhanced both the personal and educational experience for the students. HMS provides innovative solutions for colleges and universities to diversify their student population and establish a global presence. They help students from around the world apply to and enroll in top-tier, accredited academic institutions in the United States.