Harare, July 19 2012: The United States Embassy will on Saturday July 21 host an American Universities and Colleges Fair for “A” level and other prospective undergraduate students to access more information about further study in the United States, including information on scholarships, campus and college life at a wide variety of colleges and universities. Participating institutions include American, Amherst, Berea, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Columbia, Cottey College, Florida Institute of Technology, Franklin and Marshall, George Washington, Georgia College, Hamilton, Harvard, Kalamazoo, Kent State, Linfield, Lynn, Middlebury, Mt Olive, Oberlin, Occidental, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Miami, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Williams.
At the Fair current students and alumni from U.S. universities including U.S. Embassy staff will provide information about their institutions. The event, which will be held at Prince Edward School in Harare, is free and open to members of the public between 10 am and 2 pm.
Other events at the Fair will include presentations on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), careers in the arts and law, applying for a student visa and the application process.
The United States is home to more than 4000 internationally accredited colleges and universities. The United States is increasingly a destination of choice for Zimbabwean students – more than 450 student (F1) visas were granted in 2011/12, representing a 14 percent increase over the previous year, according to the Consular Affairs Office in Washington D.C. According to Open Doors 2011, Zimbabwe sent 1,135 Zimbabwean students to the U.S. for the 2010-11 academic year. Open Doors is an the annual report on international academic mobility published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. A large percentage of those who pursue U.S. studies from Zimbabwe do so under full or substantial scholarships given for their academic, artistic or sporting talent.
The U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section in Eastgate Mall, the American Corner at the Bulawayo Public Library; Mutare Turner Memorial Library and the Gweru Public Library all house EducationUSA Advising Centers that provide credible and up to date information about tertiary education in the U.S.