Center for International Students Opens

University Increases Recruitment With Help of Navitas

03/24/2010
By Sandra Seitz

UMass Lowell students and graduates often point to the University’s international connections as a key, positive aspect of their campus lives. Whether playing sports, discussing global affairs, or learning different cultural perspectives, our undergraduate students find their college experience is enriched.

To support and enhance this aspect of campus life, UMass Lowell has established a Center for International Students in collaboration with Navitas, an educational service organization that recruits students through offices distributed around the globe.

“Our international centers, research collaborations and international students all add to the vitality and excitement of academic life on campus,” says Provost Ahmed Abdelal. “UMass Lowell will benefit from leveraging the extensive infrastructure of Navitas in recruiting from all areas of the globe and thus accelerating growth in diversity and numbers of international students.”

The model is collaborative Navitas will recruit international students who are interested in a bachelor’s or master’s degree education at UMass Lowell. On campus, the Center for International Students will function under the Division of Continuing Studies, Corporate and Distance Education (CSDE). Offerings by the UMass Lowell Navitas International Center will include introductory courses, taught by UMass Lowell faculty in the major of interest, as well as skills and academic culture courses taught by faculty and professional CSDE staff. As is true for all CSDE courses, oversight will be carried out by faculty from academic departments and colleges.  

International students will be admitted conditionally for one to three semesters, in preparation for full matriculation if they satisfy all normal admission standards in the major.

“UMass Lowell offers many excellent academic programs and an engaged faculty,” says Maria Conley, director of the International Students and Scholars Office. “Many international students are eager to study here and their presence will culturally enrich the college experience of all UMass Lowell students.”