US Ed­u­ca­tional Group holds ed­u­ca­tion fair

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Faten Omar

The US Ed­u­ca­tional Group (USEG) in co­op­er­a­tion with AMIDEAST held an ed­u­ca­tion fair on Sun­day at Ma­rina Ho­tel in Salmiya. The one-day fair of­fered stu­dents in­for­ma­tion about ed­u­ca­tion in the US, which was at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from a di­verse se­lec­tion of US col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties. Sa­mar Khalif, coun­try di­rec­tor of AMIDEAST, told Kuwait Times that AMIDEAST helps stu­dents with most of the ma­jor tests re­quired for study in the US, in­clud­ing TOEFL, GRE and SAT.

“We also of­fer train­ing classes. AMIDEAST is able to quickly pro­vide much-needed ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices to the coun­try’s stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als,” said Khalif. “Kuwait is one among sev­eral stops. We give stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to speak faceto-face with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from th­ese in­sti­tu­tions and gather im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion about de­gree op­tions, the ap­pli­ca­tion process and pos­si­ble schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Khalif noted that 27 uni­ver­si­ties are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fair from all over the United States, adding that it is a great op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to know what suits them the best and what they need to do to get ad­mis­sion to the univer­sity they want. US Em­bassy cul­tural and con­sular of­fi­cers were present to ad­dress stu­dents’ ques­tions about ed­u­ca­tion in the US and the stu­dent visa process. “From the US Em­bassy’s side, we have a co­or­di­na­tor and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the con­sular sec­tion to talk about stu­dent visas and the papers they need for Kuwaitis and non-Kuwaitis. The stu­dent visa process is not com­pli­cated, but it takes time,” Cul­tural Af­fairs Of­fi­cer Zen­nia Pa­ganini said.

Ad­vi­sors and ad­mis­sion of­fi­cers of par­tic­i­pat­ing uni­ver­si­ties ad­dressed stu­dents’ ques­tions and ex­plained is­sues like tu­ition costs, hous­ing, ad­mis­sion tests (TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT) and schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties. The ed­u­ca­tion road show was free of charge and open to the pub­lic. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from USEG pro­vided in­for­ma­tion about ad­mis­sion stan­dards, fi­nan­cial aid op­por­tu­ni­ties, sum­mer pro­grams and stu­dent life at dif­fer­ent US uni­ver­si­ties.

The US uni­ver­si­ties at the event were: Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Cairo, Ari­zona State Univer­sity, Ball State Univer­sity, Far­leigh Dickinson Univer­sity, Foothill Col­lege, Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity, Hof­s­tra Univer­sity, City Univer­sity of New-York - CUNYJohn Jay Col­lege of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice, Kent State Univer­sity, Mar­quette Univer­sity, Mas­sachusetts Col­lege of Phar­macy and Health Science, Mon­tana State Univer­sity, Pur­due Univer­sity, Saint Louis Univer­sity, Slip­pery Rock Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, South­east Mis­souri State Univer­sity, St Am­brose Univer­sity, St John’s Univer­sity, Syra­cuse Univer­sity, Troy Univer­sity, State Univer­sity of New York- Univer­sity at Buf­falo, Univer­sity of Cincin­nati, Univer­sity of Evansville, Univer­sity of Mi­ami, Univer­sity of North Carolina, Wilm­ing­ton, Vir­ginia Polytech­nic In­sti­tute and Stat Univer­sity (Vir­ginia Tech), West Vir­ginia Univer­sity, West­ern Ken­tucky Univer­sity, and West­ern Michi­gan Univer­sity.

KUWAIT: US Ed­u­ca­tional Group (USEG) and AMIDEAST Of­fi­cials in­au­gu­rate ed­u­ca­tion fair on Sun­day at Ma­rina Ho­tel in Salmiya. — Pho­tos by Joseph Sha­gra

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