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U.S. and UK Universities Serve Up Education to Foreigners, Aided by Technology/Private Schools Grow Rapidly Outside the U.S., Business and Industry Trends Analysis

Millions of students leave their home countries to pursue college education overseas each year.  This is especially true of students from India and China, where many students complete their undergraduate degrees at home and then travel overseas to pursue graduate degrees, often staying on for a few years of work experience after they complete their master’s or doctoral studies.  
U.S. and UK colleges and universities eagerly welcome foreign students, since they typically pay full fees to attend.  This is a great boost to the universities, as they can use the additional revenues to offset financial aid provided to other students. 
Top British universities that have a history of attracting foreign students include Cambridge and Oxford.  In fact, the London School of Economics’ student body was recently comprised of 50% foreign students on the undergraduate level and 80% postgraduate.
However, geopolitical tensions, trade wars and other conflicts can quickly change the level of students going from one nation to another.  For example, tensions between China and the U.S. in recent years caused many Chinese students to choose alternative locations for schooling, such as Australia.

SPOTLIGHT:  Avenues, The World School
A startup that is gaining substantial media coverage is Avenues, The World School (the operating name of Avenues World Holdings LLC), a private, for-profit educational institution for students from pre-K through 12th grade levels.  The company began operations in September 2012 in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. By 2024, it also had locations in the Silicon Valley area of California, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Shenzhen, China.
Operations are divided into four divisions:  Early Learning Center (pre-school), Lower School (kindergarten through 4th grade), Middle School (5th grade through 8th) and Upper School (9th grade through 12th).  Tuition is expensive, with financial assistance available.  One of the school’s strategies is to encourage students to study at its campuses worldwide over several years, enabling the students to gain global cultural knowledge and to build global networks of friends.

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