Prospective Nigerian students aspiring to enrol for undergraduate and graduate studies in American universities and colleges were for two days last week interfaced and shared information about the institutions and opportunities available with admission officers from the colleges.
It was at the two-day 2017 EducationUSA Annual College and Career Fair, organised by the EducationUSA Advising Centre in collaboration with the Foreign Commercial Service of the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria in Lagos for prospective undergraduate and graduate students to acquire accurate, comprehensive, and timely information about higher education opportunities in the United States.
The annual fair, which was held in Victoria Island and Renaissance Hotel, GRA, Ikeja respectively, recorded a large turnout of students, parents and guardians, admissions officers from no fewer than 25 American colleges and universities.
Some of the institutions are The George Washington University; Drexel University; University of Wisconsin; Oral Robert University, Oklahoma; California University; University of Pennsylvania; Webster University and Western Kentucky University, among others.
The career fair was declared open by Consul General, F. John Bray, who explained that the fair not only provided ample opportunity for the students to shared information about their institutions and opportunities available with managers of the institutions, but also served as a platform to learn more about studying in the United States.
Speaking on why studying in America, he noted that America remains a leading destination for international students due mainly to the quality of U.S education, with over 500 accredited colleges, which are either secular or faithbased; variety of academic programmes, style of teaching and quality facilities.
Apart from these, and the fact that international students can secure jobs after their degrees, he stressed that they can also connect with students from different part of the world.
The alumni of the various American universities and the U.S. Consulate General’s Education Advisors offered guidance on application process, standardized testing and scholarship opportunities to the participants.
Besides student consultations, sessions on student visa applications and international financial aid were also held. According to him, the United States offers students an unrivaled educational experience, flexibility, and diversity, while the prospective students could make their choices from the numerous top-rated universities in America, the highest in the world