International students, especially students from China, are seen by many colleges and universities as a means to increase revenue and solve enrollment shortfalls. The competition to land “full-pay” and wealthy international students is intense. Sometimes the students and their families fall prey to unethical and predatory practices, as this article from Bloomberg News points out.
Business cards given out at a college fair in China by employees of a Chinese agency seeking to recruit students to the University of Connecticut's Torrington campus. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

“Eager to mine a newly affluent China, the State University of New York, Tulane University in New Orleans and scores of other schools are starting to pay agents a commission for each student enrolled — an incentive that’s banned when recruiting U.S. students.

“The upshot is that some Chinese students end up paying at least twice as much as their American counterparts to go to colleges that aren’t necessarily the best match for them.”

 Watch this video. describing the disheartening experience of two Chinese students at the University of Connecticut’s satellite commuter campus.
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