• SUMMARY The most recent traffic count for 2018 from all market segments served by the directory published in Simplified Chinese, Japanese and Korean show continued annual growth, albeit at half the growth of previous years. While enrollment in US schools continue to face major set backs (see herewith section ENROLLMENT TRENDS IN US SCHOOLS), focus portals like remain quite popular among international student prospects and a key ingredient in the marketing-mix of US schools.  

  • Seventy five American educational institutions could be found on directory in 2018. That includes those offering enrollment in university, college, language, high school and vocational programs, while booking a display banner or directory listing. During 2018, they had a chance to be viewed by over 559,000 surfers:
  • 231,000 in Japanese (+2% over 2017)
  • 172,000 in Chinese (+3% over 2017)
  • 156,000 in Korean (+6% over 2017)

That represents a 3.5% increase over 2017. With a record average of over 46,500 monthly unique visits*, visitors viewed over 1.8 million directory pages in 2018. 

Just over half of this annual traffic goes on all the alphabetical directory listing pages (Rolodex) and on the individually hosted schools' Mini-Web (landing) Pages, with the rest going on the three Home Pages of that reproduce the US States Map respectively:

in Japanese

and in Korean

Partner sites of SchoolsUSA can also be accessed high on the fold from the Homepage of

  • Corea Best Magazine, a popular Korean language site for Korean students, residents and tourists traveling to North America. With over 25,000 unique monthly visitors navigating through its Canadian gateway site.
  • Canada Journal, Japan Advertising Ltd's gateway site in Japanese for those studying and traveling in Canada.


HOSTED ON’s predictive model generated:in 2018 an estimated 25,000 projected leads** from prospects who

90% of the time prefer to search in Japanese, Chinese and/or Korean rather than in English. This online portal is

regularly found right on the first page results from search using the key-words like "Study in America" and "Study in the USA" and long-tail variations, through some seven major Northeast Asian-based search engines.

School directories published by Japan Advertising Ltd provide choices to student prospects to satisfy a variety of needs.

Historical data gathered through Japan Advertising's North American web publications in Japanese since 1999,

Chinese since 2005/2006 and Korean since 2011 show that on average:

  • About five percent of unique visits* recorded on a school listing or on its hosted (Mini) Web (landing) Page generate projected (future) leads**. For instance, over a 12-month period in 2018, a school listed on had views ranging on average between 2,700 (when listed in one language) and up to 6,600 unique visits* (when listed in all three languages) which could generate between 135 and 330 projected (future) leads**.
  • Unique visits* and projected (future) leads** continue to grow. Particularly since 2013, each online directory and their hosted Web (landing) Pages are optimized with over 100 keywords submitted and updated each year in Japanese, Chinese and Korean on the top seven search engines in those languages. 

Click on the image to the left or click here to view the Top 25

Most Visited American

Educational Institutions listed in a recent year on and also to view links to their web (landing) page hosted in

Japanese, Chinese and/or Korean.

For trends and opportunities, go to

ENROLLMENT TRENDS IN US SCHOOLS on this page and the Best Practices section of this website.

List/advertise with The Best America Has To Offer

CLICK HERE to register for directory listing or display banner ad on and see the Rate Sheet


Given the social and political environment in the USA, schools

face since 2017 incessant challenges related to immigration and visa policy. Most recently, the US Department of Homeland Security announced for later in 2019 a 75% increase on student visa fees for academic and vocational enrollment. It comes at a time when international enrollment continues to show declines, as reported in the analysis herewith of the market segments.

While encouraged by a slowing decline for the 2018-2019 school year, nevertheless "institutions are concerned about maintaining or increasing enrollment from Asia for Fall 2019, and China in particular". Beside China, South Korea and Japan figure in that report among the seven most prioritized places of origin for outreach and recruitment. (see Infographic below).

Source: Open Doors® 2018 Report on International Education Exchange Produced by the Institute of International Education In partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs U.S. Department of State, Nov. 13, 2018


2018 has seen an "annual drop of 6.6% of first-year overseas student enrollments in higher education to 271,738 ...the lowest level in five years", as reported by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and quoted from the Feb. 2019 article ("The Perfect Storm") of Study Travel Magazine.


While less alarming than for undergraduate/college programs,

data from postgraduate programs in the USA in 2018, indicate

"...a decline of 2% in new international enrollment vs 2017" for a total of 84,325 first-time international enrollments, "largely due a 6% fall in applications in Fall 2018 (while) "...overseas enrollments on doctoral programs increased by three per cent" (even though)... "doctoral courses constituted 23 per cent of all postgraduate enrollments." Small consolation indeed!

Source: Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Report on International Graduate Applications and Enrollments) as quoted from Study Travel Magazine of Feb. 10, 2019.


Most alarming is the decline among Intensive English Programs with an annual 20% fall to 86,786, the lowest level since 2011. China "...registered a 7.7 per cent decrease to 19,756 students in IEP programs while it remained the largest source country by student numbers, followed by Japan, down by 2.9 per cent to 12,607. Korea, in fourth place, continued a downward trajectory with 8.7 per cent decrease to 5,903 students".

Source: Quoted from Study Travel Magazine of August 2018. See Table below "Leading Places of Origin", Intensive English Programs 2017 survey

data released in June 2018 by the Institute of International Education (IIE). 

Source: The Institute of International Education (IIE) Data report "Open Doors" dated June 2018.

When looking at student weeks booked at USA providers of ESL programs, Japan comes ahead in all three most recent years including for 2017 with 16.2%, China 3rd with 11.5% and South Korea 7th with 5%. See Infographic below: TOP NATIONALITIES IN THE USA BY STUDENT WEEKS, 2017. 

Source: The article ("Market Analysis USA") published in the September 2018

issue of Study Travel Magazine. For details published online with comments and the list of nearly 40 schools that participated in the survey, click here


  • With the only positive growth performance among all market segments, the USA continues to lead the most popular English-speaking destinations with 84,699 F-1 secondary-aged study abroad students in 2017, a 3.3% increase over 2016. Source: October 2018 issue of Study Abroad Magazine, quoting statistics from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE data records).
  • "The number of int'l students seeking a US high school diploma grew from 73,019 in 2013 to 81,981 in 2016" Source: October 2017 issue of Study Travel Magazine, quoting the Institute of International Education, "Globally Mobile Youth: Trends in International Secondary Students in the United States"
  • With 22% of high school destinations, the USA has overtaken in 2017 the U.K. in second place, well behind Canada at 28.8%. Source: 2017 results of the Annual Global Survey conducted among 274 agencies, published in May 2018 issue of Study Travel Magazine.
  • In 2017/2018, Chinese students were the most represented in US high schools with 50% of all nationalities, with Koreans coming 3rd at 6.6% and Japanese 5th at 2.5%. See Infographic below: TOP INTERNATIONAL STUDENT NATIONALITIES in the USA.

Source: Survey of US Secondary Schools published in March 2019 issue of Study Travel Magazine. 


  • Each display banner ad is clicked on average by 0.2% of the annual unique visitors, therefore generating over 1,000 projected (future) leads** from a presence in all three languages on in 2018. Moreover, it is estimated a display banner ad, because of its unique visual impact on all the pages, generates awareness between three times (for a regular-size banner) and five times (for a panoramic-size banner) greater than a directory listing.

For example, see herewith the

display banner (regular-size, 148 x 75 pixels) for Mesa Community College (AZ) hosted in a recent year on all three language versions of

Also, a panoramic-size display banner (leaderboard) can be hosted in Japanese, Chinese and/or Korean. At 660 x 82 pixels like for example herewith Mesa Community College (AZ), Rutgers Preparatory School (NJ) and UCLA Summer Sessions & Special Programs, it can be static or animated (gif or rich media format), appearing in 8-second long sequence and in rotation with up to two others on top of the page.



The early predictive model generates unique visits* (or "unique users") and derives projected leads**

  • This method provides the schools with an annual report meaningful in marketing to future international students early on their search online. Such forecast can drive performance by comparing it to the marketing goals of new international student intakes.
  • The strategy of anticipating future leads (as defined and applied into the Japan Advertising Ltd's model) looks at enrollment results including KPI through a broader definition of the lead generation funnel. Lead Attribution Models, Last-Click Measurement and Multi-Channel Funnels reporting through Search Analytics play less of a role here in predicting success (like driving conversions toward a school) when engaging with prospects traced digitally through a complex conversion path. Of course, this should not prevent the same schools to generate immediately retrievable leads at a more advanced stage of the buying process; that is when more targeted groups of prospects have already indicated a Desire and are now willing to take Action). That is in reference to the A.I.D.A. adoption process.

* Unique Visits: how they are tracked

  • Unique visits are tracked/reported as an actual aggregate from year to year of each of the over 400 pages of the North American school directories published by Japan Advertising Ltd in Japanese, and Chinese as well as in Korean through partner sites. Unique visits for each educational institution hosted are an estimate. Unique visits are totaled from all of the two and up to nine different alphabetical directory listing pages (Rolodex url) that a school can choose to be listed plus from its individually hosted Mini-Web (landing) Page. More specifically to arrive at an estimate of each school's directory listing,
  • Unique visits are tallied for pages by specific State (or Province) section and by Category ("Universities & Colleges", "Language Schools", "Vocational Schools" and "High Schools") as well as of each of the three language versions an individual school is listed.
  • The total unique visits (traffic figures) of the Rolodex (url) pages are then each divided by the number of actual schools whose listing appears on those pages.
  • Then is added the number of unique visits also tallied on an individual school's Mini-Web (landing) Page hosted in any of the three language versions. For display banners, unique visits are totaled from all the alphabetical directory listing pages (Rolodex url) and also from the (most coveted) Home Page in the language(s) the school chooses its banner to be hosted. Total is then divided by the number of schools whose banner is hosted on each of those pages. Note: If a visitor views the same url page more than once in any given month, visit counts as only ONE unique visit for that month. 

** Projected (future) Leads

Projected leads are derived from tracking click through. Using historical data gathered from the North American web publications of Japan Advertising Ltd since 1999, click-through on the posted links (websites and email addresses) of the schools listed on its Canadian and American directories are aggregated but not tracked/reported for individual schools. When totaling all click-through divided by the number of active listings posted on each given url page of the directory in any given year, the aggregate data shows about five percent of unique visits recorded on an average listing and its hosted Mini-Web (landing) Page generate click-through. This is how projected leads are assigned to each specific school hosted on a directory.

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