Kalamazoo, Michigan: The Western Michigan University is getting ready for the arrival of 300 students from Saudi Arabia, one of the kingdom’s largest delegations to educational institutions in the United States.
Saudi students also are the largest single national group among international students on the Kalamazoo campus.
Like most international students, the Saudi contingent generally starts at the Centre for English Language and Culture for International Students. It’s designed to give second-language English speakers a collegiate-level English competence.
The university’s international studies chief Juan Taveras said Saudi authorities generally prefer to limit the number of students sent to any given campus to 125. He said the university succeeds in attracting more students because of the rigour of its second-language English programme.