The U.S. Embassy for Mauritius and Seychelles organized a series of virtual events for International Education Week 2020 from November 16 to 19 to provide information to students interested in applying to American universities.
Ambassador David Reimer opened the week with a video message on Facebook. He said, “studying abroad is a life changing experience, one that opens doors to new experiences and life-long friendships. The United States is the top destination for students from around the world.” According to the latest Open Doors report produced by the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the United States hosted over 1 million international students during the 2019–2020 academic year for the fifth year in a row. (https://opendoorsdata.org/annual-release/)
On November 16, the EducationUSA adviser at the U.S. Embassy, Iqbal Maherally, gave an overview on higher studies in the United States and talked about how to apply to American universities with the changes in the school calendar in Mauritius during a live session on Facebook. The Deputy Ambassador, Judes Debaere, and the Public Affairs Officer, Nicholas Von Mertens, at the U.S. Embassy also participated in the session to share their own college experiences and answered questions from viewers. Find the full video here: https://fb.watch/1YGVv7qnEG/
On November 17, the Director of International Admissions at the University of Kentucky, Rachel Williams, talked about university application essays and the SAT Admissions test for studies in the U.S., and provided some great tips on what admissions officers look for when reviewing a student’s application. Find the full video here: https://fb.watch/1YGUuz8FSz/
On November 18, Mauritian students Saisha Ramdour from Franklin and Marshall College and Shubham Desai, a recent graduate from the Florida Institute of Technology talked about their experience and gave an overview on what life is like for international students in the U.S. amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. The director of international admissions from Franklin and Marshall College, the International student advisor from the same college, and American Diplomats from the U.S. Embassy also participated in this session. Watch the full session here: https://fb.watch/1YGTwt3sum/
On November 19, Godwyn Piang Nee, a Mauritian student who is currently enrolled in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Benjamin Lebrun from the office of admissions of the U.S. Naval Academy, and American Diplomat Matthew Kohlmann, who serves in the U.S. Navy and currently works at the U.S. Embassy, talked about their experience and explained how Mauritian students can apply to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy or the U.S. Naval Academy and receive a full scholarship. Watch the full session here: https://fb.watch/1YGSCbJQXz/
The 332 Mauritian students who are currently in the U.S. represent an increase of 7 percent from last year, when there were 311 students. Over a span of the last 5 years, the number of Mauritian students on American campuses has increased from 231 to 332, a 43 percent increase.
Services offered by EducationUSA at the U.S. Embassy:
General Advising Session
Students (undergraduate and graduate) seeking information on higher education studies in the United States for the first time are invited to attend a General Advising Session. During these sessions, the EducationUSA Advisor will present a program of general information on the different processes and requirements needed for undergraduate and graduate U.S. university applications, financial aid/scholarship opportunities, as well as what to expect on an American college campus as a Mauritian. General advising sessions take place two Thursdays a month, on appointment only.
The EducationUSA Advisor will see students/parents on an individual basis after having attended the general advising session. Prospective graduate students are highly recommended to request individual appointments with the EducationUSA advisor to discuss their plans. Individual appointments allow, especially parents, to talk about personal matters relating to finances and family situation.
Students who have already attended a General Advising Session are eligible to apply for the free EducationUSA membership. As members, students benefit from the following:
- Individual and private counseling with the EducationUSA Advisor
- In-house publications on undergraduate and graduate programs, university search, and financial aid/scholarship options
- Standardized test preparation materials such as the SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL
Computers to practice for computer-based testing, online application/registration, and internet use.
Specialized workshops discuss specific application details: Writing component of the university application; applying to U.S. universities through the Common Application; financial aid and scholarship available to international students; pre-departure orientation sessions; parents sessions; U.S. Naval Academy and Coast Guard; visa session; and other related programs
Hosting U.S. University admission officers: Face-to-face and virtual
Students and parents are invited to attend face-to-face sessions/workshops run by U.S. university admissions officers when they visit Mauritius. So far, the following universities have visited Mauritius: University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Yale University, Dartmouth University, Vanderbilt University, Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Arizona, University of Delaware, Northwestern University, Indiana University, Duke University, University of Colorado, and New York University Abu Dhabi Campus. The EducationUSA advisor also plans to conduct skype sessions with U.S. university admission officers.
EducationUSA Conference and fair
In addition to participating in education fairs, EducationUSA runs conferences and fairs. The EducationUSA advisor coordinates with the Ministry of Education and U.S. university alumni to run this program.
EducationUSA Adviser | U.S. Embassy | MaherallyIM@state.gov | 202 4453