Dr. Rahul Choudaha is Executive Vice President of Global Engagement, Research & Intelligence at StudyPortals and Research Associate at Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley. Operating out of San Francisco Bay Area, he advances StudyPortals’ strategic engagement with higher education institutions, professional associations, government bodies and related stakeholders on the foundations of research and intelligence. Choudaha is a recognized scholar practitioner with expertise on data-informed internationalization strategies in the context of shifting student mobility trends and evolving transnational education models.
Previously, he worked at World Education Services (WES) in New York City for over seven years. As the Chief Knowledge Officer and Senior Director of Strategic Development, he raised organization profile, built research capabilities, and deepened institutional relationships.
Choudaha blogs and tweets as DrEducation. He ideated, produced, and moderated a webinar series on issues and trends in higher education in partnership with University World News, which received over 4,000 registrations across four webinars. He has presented over 100 sessions at professional conferences and has been quoted in global media including the BBC, Time, NPR and The Wall Street Journal. Choudaha is a contributor to Asia Times, Forbes, Huffington Post and University World News.
Choudaha has taught graduate courses on International Higher Education at New York University and Baruch College. He received the Tony Adams Award for Excellence in Research from the European Association of International Education. He served as the editor of the special issue of the Journal of International Students. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Studies in International Education. He was also the principal investigator of two national research reports on international students commissioned by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
Choudaha holds a doctorate in higher education administration, master’s in business management, and a bachelor’s in electronics engineering.
Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications
Choudaha, R. (2018) A Third Wave of International Student Mobility: Global Competitiveness and American Higher Education, Center for Studies In Higher Education
Choudaha, R. (2018) Recalibrating Value for Money for International Students, University World News. Issue No:516
Choudaha, R. (2017). Three Waves of International Student Mobility (1999–2020). Studies in Higher Education, 42(5), 825–832.
Choudaha, R. (2016). Campus Readiness for Supporting International Student Success. Journal of International Students, 6(4), I–V. Retrieved from
Choudaha, R., & De Wit, H. (2014). Challenges and Opportunities for Global Student Mobility in the Future: A Comparative and Critical Analysis. In B. Streitwieser (Ed.), Internationalisation of Higher Education and Global Mobility (pp. 19–33). Oxford: Symposium Books Ltd.
Choudaha, R., (2017). Landscape of Third-Party Pathway Partnerships in U.S. NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
Choudaha, R., & Richard J Edelstein, R. J. (2014, October 15). Towards Quality Transnational Education. University World News. Issue No:339
Choudaha, R., & Streitwieser, B. (2014, October 03). How Do We Assess The Impact Of Internationalization? University World News. Issue No:337
Choudaha, R., & Contreras, E. (2014, July) Higher Education Internationalization – What Gets Measured, Gets Funded. University World News. Issue No:327
Choudaha, R., (2014, March). International Branch Campuses Get Too Much Attention. University World News. Issue No:312
Choudaha, R., & Chang, L. (2012). Trends in international Student Mobility. World Education News & Reviews, 25(2).
Choudaha, R., Orosz, K. & Chang, L. (2012). Not All International Students are the Same: Understanding Segments, Mapping Behavior. World Education News & Reviews, 25(7).
Choudaha, R., & Kono, Y. (2012). Beyond More of the Same: The Top Four Emerging Markets for International Student Recruitment. World Education News & Reviews, 25(9).
Event Presentations by Rahul Choudaha
[Keynote Speaker] Three Waves of International Student Mobility: Implications for Recruitment and Partnership Strategies, IUNC, Moscow May 2017
[Keynote Speaker] Accelerating Campus Internationalization with Technology: Emerging Trends and Strategies, SIT, April 2017
[Workshop] Global Mobility of Students From and To Asia-Pacific: Emerging Trends, Evolving Strategies, APAIE, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, March 2017
[Plenary] Global Trends Shaping International Education, Australian International Education Conference (AIEC), Melbourne, October 2016
[Plenary] Global Citizenship and Student Success, The British Universities' International Liaison Association (BUILA), Liverpool, UK, July 2016
Innovation in Global Engagement: What Works, What Doesn’t, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), Montréal, February 2016