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 HUNTINGTON – Marshall University officials are marking their calendars for August 2013 when they expect the first wave in a new surge of international students to enroll for classes.

 On Nov. 15, Marshall and INTO University Partnerships signed a long-term agreement that is expected to dramatically increase its international student enrollment. Currently, Marshall has about 400 international students enrolled. The new partnership is expected to boost that number by as many as 200 additional students each year.

 Marshall and INTO, an international student recruiting firm, have been negotiating the terms of their partnership for the past two years. Marshall is the fourth U.S. university to sign a recruitment contract with INTO.

 In signing the agreement, Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall, termed it "very progressive and, in many ways, pioneering, because of its potential global influence on our students, our university and our state. … This initiative literally will create a multicultural, global village on our Huntington campus."

Kopp said the international enrollment will diversify the student body at Marshall while helping to sustain the university's growth.

"We are delighted to welcome Marshall to our growing network of leading universities," said Andrew Colin, INTO chairman. "Marshall offers a small-town, family-like experience that has proven very welcoming to international students. We will build on the strengths of Marshall's existing programs and increase access for international students who want to pursue their higher education goals at Marshall."

Colin said INTO has "experienced exceptional student performance at our three existing U.S. partner universities, and we look forward to INTO Marshall enjoying similar successes in the coming years."

 In a news release, Marshall said it "will ensure the success of international students by delivering innovative academic preparation programs and personalized support services in a completely renovated, on-campus international study center." The center is to be located in East Hall, which formerly housed the Mountwest Community and Technical College.