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New ACA publication and forthcoming seminar on services for international students

In the increasing global competition for the best students, the quality and attractiveness of an institution does no longer depend only on its academic, teaching and research standards: services to students have come to play an important role in the quality assessment – and thus competitiveness - of institutions. But what services should be available? How to respond to the needs and expectations of international students in particular? Who should provide support for them and how should it be organised? This ACA study presents a number of models of good practice in service provision and university preparation of international students in a selection of countries. These examples form the basis for categorising and analysing a variety of service and preparatory programme “models”, with the aim of informing discussions in different national and institutional contexts when deliberating on the development of international student support.

The book will be available soon for order through any bookshop, or directly from the publisher, Lemmens Verlag, Matthias-Grünewald-Str. 1-3, D-53175 Bonn, tel.: +49(0)2 28/42 13 70, fax: +49(0)2 28/42 13 7-29, E-mail:, or online via the publishers' website at The forthcoming ACA European Policy Seminar on 30th of March 2007 in Brussels will address these themes. Confirmed speakers include Rositsa Bateson from the Central European University, Robert Coelen from University of Leiden, Terry Jeves from the Northern Consortium UK and Maria Kelo from ACA. They will give presentations on good practice on international student support. More information is available on the ACA events page, where you can register online. 2nd ACA Seminar 2007: Meeting Student Expectations