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What Hotcourses learned at NAFSA 2013

What did we learn about education and students at one the most important events in the sector's calendar, NAFSA 2013?

The team at our stand at NAFSA 2013

In case you haven’t been following us on Twitter and Facebook recently, you may have missed out on our recent trip to the NAFSA conference in St Louis (US), an annual event for the education community.

As well as having our own stand on the conference floor throughout the week, our CEO Mike Elms spoke about the results of a recent survey which you, our users, helped us with. You can read about these very intriguing findings on the motivations of international students, in full for yourself.

We asked a few members of the team who went about their thoughts on NAFSA 2013, and what they got out of the week:


Vik Singh - Sales, Australia

‘NAFSA this year was the biggest it’s ever been with more than 2000 first time delegates from all over the world. It goes to show the scale of global student mobility and how we can help both students and institutions with increasing this even further. Online still remains the number one place for students to research educational opportunities as was evident through the various sessions and student surveys presented throughout the conference.’


Mike Elms (CEO)

‘This year we had many more conversations with increasing numbers of universities than during any previous NAFSA, about their international student recruitment activity – it is clearly  moving high up the agenda for all universities and particularly those from the US.’


Bev Post - Sales, US

‘Many universities were coming up to our booth because they heard the buzz from colleagues who are also Hotcourses clients. They want to know how they can reach more international students and how we can help them. Very exciting to hear Hotcourses was also mentioned in several sessions and in the Q&A about what’s working.’




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The team at our stand at NAFSA 2013

Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.