Get your facts at the US var­sity fair

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MORE than 40 US uni­ver­si­ties will be in Malaysia to meet with par­ents, stu­dents, teach­ers and coun­sel­lors in Kuala Lumpur and Pe­nang. This is your op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with US univer­sity rep­re­sen­ta­tives and take a step to­wards mak­ing your dream to study in the US come true.

The US univer­sity rep­re­sen­ta­tives will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on univer­sity ap­pli­ca­tion re­quire­ments, pro­grammes avail­able, the en­vi­ron­ment of the univer­sity, schol­ar­ships of­fered and oth­ers.

There will be 40 US univer­sity rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the Royale Chu­lan Ho­tel in Kuala Lumpur and 34 at the E & O Ho­tel in Pe­nang. Th­ese fairs are or­gan­ised by the MalaysianAmer­i­can Com­mis­sion on Ed­u­ca­tional Ex­change’s (Macee) Ed­u­ca­tionUSA Ad­vis­ing Cen­tre in co­op­er­a­tion with the US Em­bassy in Malaysia. In ad­di­tion to meet­ing US univer­sity rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Ed­u­ca­tion USA Ad­vis­ers, a US Em­bassy of­fi­cer will give a talk to ex­plain the stu­dent visa ap­pli­ca­tion process and an­swer ques­tions re­lated to stu­dent visas.

Th­ese US univer­sity fairs are ap­pro­pri­ately timed for stu­dents who are in the process of mak­ing their plans for their next level of ed­u­ca­tion in the United States.

Since stu­dents can ap­ply with trial re­sults, those who have com­pleted sec­ondary school (SPM, IGCSE, O-Lev­els) or foun­da­tion/pre-univer­sity com­ple­tion (STPM, A-Lev­els) as well as those in high school or IB pro­grammes may find uni­ver­si­ties they can still en­ter in Au­gust 2014. Don’t miss the chance.

The United States at­tracts many in­ter­na­tional stu­dents due to the ex­cel­lent qual­ity of the ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence there. In fact, the US has more in­ter­na­tional stu­dents than any other coun­try in the world. There are cur­rently more than 764,495 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents study­ing in the US which in­cludes 6,743 Malaysians.

Stu­dents from all around the globe are at­tracted to study in the US be­cause of its rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, the flex­i­ble sys­tem of ed­u­ca­tion, state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties and highly-qual­i­fied ex­pe­ri­enced fac­ulty that also men­tor and en­gage with the stu­dents.

The Amer­i­can ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem is unique, of­fer­ing many op­tions for fields of study, di­verse in­sti­tu­tion-types and a well­rounded ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem.

The US sys­tem of ed­u­ca­tion is known to be very flex­i­ble in al­low­ing stu­dents to pur­sue their aca­demic pas­sions and in­ter­ests. At the un­der­grad­u­ate level, some US uni­ver­si­ties al­low stu­dents to de­sign their own ma­jor, start with an un­de­clared (un­de­cided) ma­jor, do dou­ble ma­jors or change their ma­jor.

Stu­dents are not locked into a field they are not pas­sion­ate about. They are en­cour- aged to par­tic­i­pate in class, think cre­atively and crit­i­cally. Grad­u­ate (post-grad­u­ate) stu­dents in Mas­ters and PhD pro­grammes can also do cross-de­part­men­tal pro­grammes to in­te­grate more than one dis­ci­pline into their pro­gramme.

The US un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree pro­gramme of­fers a broad-based lib­eral ed­u­ca­tion as well as a spe­cial­i­sa­tion in one’s cho­sen field of study, al­low­ing stu­dents to choose a set of sub­jects that they wish to ben­e­fit from per­son­ally as well as for their fu­ture ca­reer. This sys­tem of ed­u­ca­tion de­vel­ops stu­dents holis­ti­cally. Be­sides this ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem and ded­i­cated fac­ulty mem­bers, a plethora of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar op­tions, com- mu­nity ser­vice, pro­fes­sional op­por­tu­ni­ties and all kinds of stu­dent ser­vices on cam­pus are avail­able to help ev­ery stu­dent suc­ceed. Op­por­tu­ni­ties such as sum­mer cour­ses, jobs on cam­pus, in­sti­tu­tion and credit trans­fers, study abroad, in­tern­ships and work off-cam­pus upon com­ple­tion of the de­gree en­rich the aca­demic and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment of the stu­dents.

Another fea­ture of US col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties is that many of them of­fer par­tial schol­ar­ships to in­ter­na­tional stu­dents. While get­ting a full schol­ar­ship is rare, many of the schol­ar­ships are sub­stan­tial.

Check­ing out the avail­abil­ity of schol­ar­ships from a univer­sity’s web­site is im­por­tant for stu­dents who are look­ing for some fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance. Find out more about schol­ar­ships at the fair.

The di­verse US ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem in­cludes var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions to choose from, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity col­leges, pri­vate Lib­eral Arts col­leges, spe­cialised art/de­sign/fash­ion col­leges as well as pub­lic and pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties that of­fer both un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate (post-grad­u­ate) de­gree pro­grammes and pro­vide ex­cel­lent re­search op­por­tu­ni­ties. At the up­com­ing fairs in both Kuala Lumpur and Pe­nang, all th­ese in­sti­tu­tions will be rep­re­sented.

Pre-fair talks will be given in both KL and Pe­nang. The first talk on “Ad­mis­sion Tips” will be given by US univer­sity rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the sec­ond talk will be given by a US Em­bassy con­sular of­fi­cer on “Ap­ply­ing for a Stu­dent Visa”.

Come to the Royale Chu­lan Ho­tel in KL at 2pm, reg­is­ter and make it in time for the talks be­fore the fair be­gins. The KL Fair & Talks at the Royale Chu­lan Ho­tel (near the Pavil­ion mall) will be from 2.30pm-6.30pm on Feb 9 (Sun­day).

The pre-fair talks in Pe­nang will be at the E & O Ho­tel on Feb 11 (Tues­day) from 5-6pm fol­lowed by the fair from 6pm-8.30pm. In Pe­nang, be there by 4.30pm to reg­is­ter and at­tend the talks be­fore the fair be­gins.

Get more de­tails and the full list of uni­ver­si­ties which will be at the KL and Pe­nang fairs from an­nounce­ments on Macee’s web­site.

The fair is open to all and is free. Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired, but bet­ter yet, you can pre-reg­is­ter and bring your printed ticket to save time. The links to pre-reg­is­ter for the fair are on the web­site as well as on Face­book and twit­ter. Con­tact 03-2166 8878 for en­quiries.

Ed­u­ca­tionUSA of­fers free ad­vice weekly at its of­fices in KL and Pe­nang. Ap­point­ments can be made online:­vis­ing.

At the fair, US univer­sity rep­re­sen­ta­tives will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on univer­sity ap­pli­ca­tion re­quire­ments, pro­grammes avail­able, the en­vi­ron­ment at the univer­sity and schol­ar­ships of­fered.

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