GEORGETOWN, KY – Educational advisers from 18 countries (e.g., Peru, Kazakhstan, Bosnia, Malawi and Argentina) are in Central Kentucky this week to attend a weeklong Training Institute where they will learn to navigate the complex process of applying to U.S. colleges and universities.

Georgetown College, the University of Kentucky, and Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) were selected to host the Training Institute by EducationUSA, a U.S. Department of State supported network of 400 advising centers around the world. The centers are based in embassies, university campuses and nonprofit organizations abroad, such as Fulbright commissions.

“The overall goal of the Training Institute is to provide accurate, up to date, information so the advisers can help international students, find the right opportunity,” said Carlton McLellan, senior manager for adviser professional development at the Institute of International Education.

EducationUSA holds three two-week Training Institutes a year in the U.S. The first week is held in Washington D.C. where the advisers attend workshops on leadership development and learn about the importance of a U.S. education and how it can promote diplomacy between the U.S. and other countries.

The second week of the Training Institute – held on UK, Georgetown and BCTC’s campuses through Friday – will cover international student experiences, admission processes, international student support services, financial aid and many other aspects of U.S. higher education.

“By hosting the EducationUSA Training Institute, Georgetown is able to give the advisers first-hand experience on a small, liberal arts college campus,” said Jason Snider, associate director of international student services at Georgetown College. “Not only does it help us better learn how to recruit international students to our campus, it allows the advisers to gain a more thorough understanding of a liberal arts education and what the Central Kentucky region has to offer.”

“Hosting the Training Institute is an opportunity share our expertise with the advisers – and I do believe we have a lot to offer – especially as a group of institutions,” said Audra Cryder, international representative for UK. “The insights and feedback from the international advisers will also help us improve our processes and meet the expectations of international students.”

According to Susan Carvalho, associate provost for international programs at UK, the Training Session is also a great opportunity to showcase the state of Kentucky to an international audience and show how UK, Georgetown College and BCTC provide a soft landing for their students and a high quality education.