English Video Interviews for Chinese College Applicants Are on the Rise

CANDID CAMERA According to the Institute of International Education, more than 300,000 Chinese students were studying at American colleges and universities in the 2014-2015 school year. That's triple the number of the 2009-2010 year. Facing a bumper crop of Chinese applicants, American institutions are turning to video interviews in English to distinguish applications, the New York Times reports.

Unequipped to conduct the interviews themselves, higher education providers are contracting with third party video interviewers such as Initialview, which processed 17,000 applications in 2014, according to the Times. The videos, officials at the Georgia Institute of Technology said, act as supplementary material as well as checks against forged applications.

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