May 23, 2017 // posted by Marissa Villa
Advisors from Education USA, the U.S. Department of State’s international network of student advising centers, visited the Office of International Program’s office on May 23, opening the door to growth in UTSA’s relationship with the organization.
Rana Ibrahim of Egypt, Christine Liu of China, Dana Ziyabekova of Kasakhstan, Claudia Sanchez of Venezuela and Tran Nguyen of Vietman spent half a day on campus learning about everything UTSA has to offer, as well as sharing what international students are looking for in an American university.
Students like the idea of going to the States, and going back to create opportunities in their home countries, said Ibrahim.
Other students like the idea of staying in the United States post-graduation, Liu said.
Education USA advisors were in San Antonio to visit several campuses, including UTSA. After their visits to various universities, they are able to better pair students to universities that suit their needs. They look at everything from cost to climate and, of course, program offerings.
The OIP staff had the opportunity to have a roundtable discussion on the needs of international students. The College of Engineering, Office of ESL Services, Graduate School and College of Business also presented to the Education USA advisors and they took a tour courtesy of the UTSA Welcome Center.
All six countries are represented in UTSA’s student population, with 5 students from Kasakhstan, 2 from the Philippines, 122 from China, 29 from Vietnam, 18 from Venezuela, and 4 from Egypt.
The EducationUSA network of centers provides information to international students about the admissions process, standardized testing, financing an education in the U.S., the visa process, and departure preparation.
They also help U.S. higher ed institutions meet internationalization goals and are located in U.S. embassies, consulates, Fulbright commissions, bi-national centers, universities and non-profit organizations throughout the world.
Education USA exists to promote the United States as a great destination for students looking to study abroad, and to promote the importance of international students enriching campuses across the country.