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CGS report: 3-year Bachelor less of an issue at US institutions

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has just released its annual survey of its US member institutions and with it the latest edition of its survey on policies regarding the acceptance of European three-year undergraduate degrees (see ACA Newsletter – Education Europe, November 2005 for last year’s survey). Over 175 schools of CGS’ 475 members responded, including 80% of the 25 institutions with the largest international student enrolments. Overall, there seems to be a tendency towards a greater acceptance of three-year “Bologna-Bachelors”: a majority (56%) of respondents report that the degrees are not an issue on their campus (last year, only 41% so indicated), and only 18% do not accept any Bologna three-year degrees, down from 29% last year.

According to the general survey results, total enrolment of international graduate students increased 1% from 2005 to 2006, and hence put an end to three consecutive years of declines. First-time enrolment of international graduate students even increased by 12 percent, driving the upswing in total enrolment. There are notable increases in first-time enrolment of students from the main sending countries India (32%) and China (20%).

The full report is available at the CGS website. Findings from the 2006 CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey