About the webinar:

Fifty-one percent of enrollments in traditional two-year MBA programs – the dominant business program offered in the United States – are international. Although many international students go abroad for their MBA, most two-year MBA programs in the U.S. are experiencing a decrease in applications. At the same time, business schools in other countries have begun to see rising enrollments. Learn about the underlying factors at play in declining international interest in U.S. MBA programs and how U.S. institutions can mitigate further decline.

Gain insights into:

  • Challenges faced by U.S. MBA programs in attracting international students
  • Solutions for U.S. institutions to address international students’ financial concerns and rising competition from other countries and programs
  • The changing demographics of outbound international students and how U.S. schools can adjust to these changes



Cindy Le

Research Associate

Cindy earned a master's degree in international education policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies and economics from Williams College. She conducts research for WES on international higher education trends and student mobility.


Nathan Cronk

Associate Director of International Admissions, Canisius College, Private Jesuit University

Nate is an experienced enrollment manager who has worked at all levels of student recruitment at both the Undergraduate and Graduate level. Prior to working in his current role as Associate Director of International Admissions at Canisius in Buffalo, New York, he was a Director of Admission at a small, liberal arts college. His work has helped him understand the unique challenges and opportunities facing international recruitment in the current climate.

The views and opinions expressed in this webinar are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of World Education Services (WES).

Michael Haan

Canada Research Chair in Migration and Ethnic Studies at Western University's Department of Sociology

Michael's research interests intersect the areas of demography, immigrant settlement, labor market integration, and data development. He is widely consulted by provincial and federal governments for policy advice in the areas of immigration, settlement services, the Canadian labor market, and population aging. Michael is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Migration and Ethnic Studies at the University of Western Ontario. He is also academic co-director of the Western University Research Data Centre.

Silje Immerstein (Moderator)

Associate Director of Institutional Outreach and Training, WES

Silje has been with World Education Services (WES) since 2012, holding positions of Research Assistant, Research Associate, Project Manager, and now Associate Director of Institutional Outreach and Training. In her current position, she plans, designs and oversees webinars and workshops for higher education professionals on topics such as best practices in credential evaluation, and international student mobility and recruitment trends. Silje holds a BA in pedagogy from the University of Oslo, and a MA in international education from New York University's Steinhardt School of Education, Culture and Human Development.