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Photo by Mariana Alves -- Rochelle Simpson, a freshman from Canada, said she could more easily keep her standards at BYU-I.
Photo by Mariana Alves — Rochelle Simpson, a freshman from Canada, said she could more easily keep her standards at BYU-I.

Some students at BYU-Idaho are international students. In their application to BYU-I, these students were required to go through a different application process than those from the United States.
There are currently 14,045 students enrolled for Spring Semester 2013, according to the BYU-Idaho newsroom.
According to the BYU-I International Services website, a percentage of the student body is comprised of international students. According to the website, students who studied outside of the United States must submit all academic documents, to a third party for  evaluation.
This step must be taken so international grades can be translated into the American grading system and then be submitted to the school.
Students from Canada or American Territories are required to submit an ACT or SAT score, which is not usually required in their home countries.
Rochelle Simpson, a freshman majoring in theatre studies from Alberta, Canada, said that she remembers being surprised with how high she scored on the ACT because American students seem to prepare for these tests throughout high school and Canadians do not.
According to the BYU-I International Services website, students living outside of North America and American territories, are not required to submit an SAT or ACT test score, but it is highly recommended.
Nidia Lemmer, a freshman studying health administration from Limpopo, South Africa, said that she did not take the SAT or the ACT.
Lemmer said the education system in South Africa is much different than it is in America.
“Everything is so orderly online, which we didn’t have at home. There is also a lot more interaction between students and teachers in classes and class discussions,” Lemmer said.
Some international students who do not speak English as a first language must also take and pass an English proficiency test.
According to the BYU-I International Services website, the English Language Center on campus may be able to help students in preparing for their English Proficiency test.
Amanda Christensen, a junior studying elementary education works with the speaking partner program as apart of the Pathway Program. Christensen said the international students who wish to attend classes on campus must pass this test.
Christensen also said the students who are a part of the Pathway Program must also have a certain level of English proficiency, to be in the program.
The Pathway Program allows students from all over the world to take classes from BYU-I in their home country.
Simpson also said she’s glad she chose BYU-I because of her experience watching friends who are theatre majors at other school try to keep their standards.
“I didn’t want that. I knew at BYU-I I wouldn’t struggle,” said Simpson.
Lemmer said she also believed BYU-I was the right choice of college for her.
“I wanted to come to a place with high standards, compared to where my friends went. I knew BYU-Idaho was the right choice,” Lemmer said.


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