U.S.-Sponsored “Back to School” Expo brings U.S. University Education Opportunities to Pakistan

Islamabad, 20 September 2015 – 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.

USEFP is a bi-national commission established in 1950 by the governments of Pakistan and the United States. USEFP’s mission is to promote mutual understanding between the American and Pakistani people through educational and cultural exchange. Since its inception, nearly 5,000 Pakistanis and more than 900 Americans have participated in USEFP-administered exchange programs the largest of which is the Fulbright program. USEFP offices in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi provide advice and assistance to students interested in studying in the United States. USEFP also runs testing centers in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi administering the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, and other standardized examinations. Students can learn more by visiting www.usefpakistan.org orwww.facebook.com/EdUSAPakistan.