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Education USA Holds College Fair at Polytechnic

Students interacting with U.S. Embassy staff at the Malawi Polytechnic during the college fair

Students interacting with U.S. Embassy staff at the Malawi Polytechnic during the college fair

By Chifundo Limani 

The Education USA Advising Centre of the United States Embassy held a College Fair at the Polytechnic in Blantyre on Saturday, August 25. Over 15 colleges and universities from the United States were represented at the College Fair. Hundreds of Malawian students aspiring to pursue higher education in the U.S. interacted with U.S. Embassy staff, Peace Corps Volunteers and other alumni of U.S. colleges for information and advice on how they can pursue their academic goals

At the fair, the U.S. Embassy's Education USA advising staff offered a breadth of information on colleges and universities, some of which offer scholarships to international students.  Students received information about the U.S. university application process, testing requirements, and resources necessary for a successful application.

The Blantyre College Fair followed a January 2012 Education USA College Fair which was held in Lilongwe.  Also present at the fair were representatives for Education USA, consular staff who explained how to apply for a student visa, U.S. Embassy Information Resource Centre (IRC) staff, and International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Alumni. 

The Education USA has been organizing college fairs since 2002 in Lilongwe.  These college fairs are aimed at introducing Malawian students to a variety of U.S. colleges and universities by sharing information about scholarships, application processes, and standardized testing.  U.S. colleges and universities seek gifted, future leaders who are eager to learn and then share their U.S.-gained knowledge in their home countries.