@Dazzer, By international education programs, I do not mean those that originated or sponsored by legitimate foreign University but locally spawned programs with "International" in their name.
But even then, when it comes down to it, a lot of these legitimate international programs that you speak of have subtly changed where it is now more about the money. Let's face it, over the last few decades, Universities have grown to rely upon international students and the international tuition they bring to support their research and provide funding. Standards for entry have been lowered in all but the most prestigious school such that with enough money, you can be guaranteed an acceptance letter for a mainstream university, albeit with stipulation that you attend a language school sponsored through the university first, which means more money.
When it comes to international departments at these Universities, the focus these days is not are these students prepared or qualified to receive the education we provide but how to satisfy immigration so that we can get these kids over here and start forking over their parent's money. Where as the the foundation programs were about bring students up to the quality necessary to achieve success, the mission now includes to find prospective students and funnel them into universities with preparedness as an afterthought.
As the saying goes, money corrupts the best of men.