Referrals can be an important aspect of the process of international student recruitment. A referral means freedom of choice; any agent can refer interested students to their favorite institution.
With referrals, institutions are not obliged to have a contract set in place but can simply predefine a commission to be given to agents utilizing referrals. After they receive an individual student referral from an agent, the institution decides whether they accept or decline the student. If accepted, the agent receives his predefined sum and the student can start his enrollment.