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At U.S. colleges, like NYU and Northeastern, some freshmen are beginning their studies abroad during their first and even second semesters. According to Bloomberg, the strategy is one used by universities to enroll larger classes and get more tuition dollars. How? The universities use the students and their tuitions to fill the beds of midyear dropouts and upper classmen heading overseas.

1. Which program at NYU is following this model?
2. What are the costs and benefits to student and their parents who accept this arrangement with the universities mentioned in the article?
3. What are the costs and the benefits to the universities for these programs?
4. Do you think you would accept this type of arrangement? Why or why not?

Smialek, J. (2012).Colleges Ship Freshmen to Paris to Boost Tuition Coffers, Bloomberg, Aug. 24 (Retrievable online at