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US sponsored “back to school’ expo attracts huge audience

ISLAMABAD, SEPT 20 (DNA) – Hundreds of Pakistani students attended a “Back to School” fair in Islamabad on Sunday, sponsored by EducationUSA Pakistan, in coordination with the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP). Pakistani students interested in studying in the United States met alumni from more than 50 U.S. colleges and universities, who talked about their own experiences.  U.S. Embassy Diplomats and staff members answered questions about their alma maters, in addition to questions about campus life in America, the application process, and how to apply for a student visa.

“The United States provides excellent academic opportunities for Pakistani students,” said USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar.  “With over 4,000 accredited higher education institutions, there really is a program for everyone.  For some students, financial aid and scholarship options are also available to make a U.S. education especially affordable.”

Every year, the number of international students in the United States increases as more students select it as their destination of choice for higher education.  It is a popular destination for international students because of diverse educational programs, cutting-edge technology, opportunities for research, and improves long-term career prospects while building self-confidence and independence.

“This fair is designed to help students familiarize themselves with what studying in the United States is all about,” said EducationUSA Advising Manager Umair Khan.

Kristin Hawkins, U.S. Embassy Islamabad Press Officer and University of Virginia alumna described her time living with international students in the dorms as “one of the most enriching experiences of her life” and what encouraged her to become a diplomat.=DNA

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