Coffee with Rebecca Grappo




“Rebecca is the founder of RNG International Educational Consultants ...”

i-studentglobal interviewed Rebecca in 2012 and we thought it was time to get an update.  Rebecca is the founder of RNG International Educational Consultants, and the presenter of the course American College Consulting for the International Student.   

 Hello Rebecca how do you like your coffee?

 I like my coffee hot, black, and first thing in the morning!

 Are you still running the course American College Consulting for the International Student?

Yes, I teach this course online through the University of California, Irvine, twice a year – once in the winter and then again in the summer term.  It is an online course so people from around the world can participate, which makes it that much more interesting for everyone.

 We last interviewed you in 2012 and you talked about the differences between education in the USA and other countries.  Do those differences still exist or has the situation changed?

 I believe that those fundamental differences still exist, though most countries around the world do try to fine-tune what they do. It’s very hard to change institutions, culture, and beliefs around education, so change and reform will probably always take place slowly. The one area where I think there has been change is the interest in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Anecdotally speaking, I hear more and more people talking about it around the world. And what surprised me when I attended a recent IB workshop was learning that 40% of all IB programs around the world are found in U.S. public schools. That is definitely a growth area.

 You also mentioned the countries where most of the international students studying in the USA came from.  Has that changed?

 According to data provided by UNESCO, the top five sending countries of students to the United States are still China, India, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Canada.