This year, EARTH received 1,782 applications from students representing 37 countries, who hope to become part of EARTH’s 2013-2016 class. This represents a nearly 58 percent increase in total applications compared to prior years – a meaningful measure of EARTH’s global relevance and reach.
Junior Acosta, Director of Admissions for EARTH University, attributes this increase to both expanded admissions efforts–particularly in Africa–and to improvements in marketing and the successful engagement of young people via Facebook and other social networks.
Of this group, approximately 1,144 students from 35 countries were pre-selected. In May and June, EARTH professors traveled to non-Spanish-speaking countries in the Caribbean and Africa to interview prospective students and administer standardized tests. Following this process, 23 students from Haiti, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leona, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe were admitted. They will be arriving at EARTH in the coming weeks for four months of intensive Spanish-language immersion.
Meanwhile, throughout August, 20 EARTH professors traveled to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to interview and administer exams to pre-selected candidates in the region. The process will continue on September 8, 9 and 12 in Costa Rica and culminate between September 17-19 in Belize.
Selected candidates for the 2013 school year beginning in January will be notified by late November.
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