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World’s Largest Online College Fair Set for November 13

By Jane Morse | Staff Writer | 09 November 2012
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Students the world over can participate in the State Department’s International Virtual College Fair November 13

Washington — A worldwide online college fair is set for November 13, and the U.S. Department of State, which is sponsoring the event, is inviting everyone to attend.

International participants will be able to get advice from experts about choosing the right university, understanding the U.S. higher education system and the visa process and obtaining financial aid. There will be online meetings with university admissions representatives and a panel discussion with international students now studying at U.S. colleges and universities.

“This will be the biggest virtual college fair to date,” according to Ann Stock, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs. “For a 24-hour period almost 200 U.S. colleges and universities in all 50 states will connect with thousands of students worldwide. Our EducationUSA advisers will help students find schools that best fit their needs.

“International students bring so much to American campuses, and we are eager to welcome them here,” Stock said.

“Thousands of international students hope to study in the United States,” said Dawn L. McCall, coordinator for the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs, which is helping host the event. “This virtual fair, the largest of its kind, will be a resource for making that hope a reality, and offers the perfect opportunity for students to explore options and get answers to many of their questions.”

The online college fair is part of International Education Week (November 12–16) and celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

The EducationUSA International Virtual College Fair runs 24 hours on November 13 from 12:00 a.m. to 23:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, or 5:00 a.m. November 13 to 4:59 a.m. November 14 Greenwich Mean Time.

The online college fair is free and open to anyone who has an Internet connection. More information with a list of participating colleges is available at http://www.collegeweeklive.com/en_CA/Guest/EducationUSA_Event.

Participants should register at www.CollegeWeekLive.com/EducationUSA.