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Student Visa Day: Celebrating educational exchange between India and the US

Student Visa Day: Celebrating educational exchange between India and the US

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 13 Jun 2019, 04:17 pm

Kolkata, June 13 (IBNS): The U.S. Mission India, on Wednesday, observed its fifth annual Student Visa Day, an event that celebrates higher education ties between India and the United States. 

The Mission dedicates this day to helping qualified Indian students prepare for their studies in the United States and connects them with EducationUSA for pre-departure information.

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, and Consulates General in Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Mumbai, welcomed more than 4,000 Indian students applying for visas to study in the United States. 

Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) MaryKay Carlson in New Delhi and Consuls General throughout India congratulated the day’s applicants as they joined the growing ranks of Indian students who choose to study in the United States at the world’s leading academic institutions.

In 2018, more than 196,000 Indian students were studying in U.S. institutions of higher education; more than double the number of students from a decade ago. 

India is the second-leading place of origin for students coming to the United States; Indians represent over 17 percent of the total international student population in the United States.

Deputy Chief of Mission Carlson said, "The United States offers a warm welcome to all international students. International students on U.S. campuses strengthen America’s knowledge base and capacity for innovation, and foster future business and other ties.  International educational exchanges create an understanding of new viewpoints and cultures, which is necessary as students enter an increasingly competitive global marketplace."

At the U.S. Consulate in Kolkata, the future students were treated to a festive college fair-like atmosphere and they were able to interact with Indian students currently studying in the United States. 

Staff members from EducationUSA, the official source of accurate, current, and comprehensive information on higher education in the U.S., were on-hand to answer students’ questions and promoted their upcoming June 22, 2019 pre-departure orientation session for students.

U.S. Consul General in Kolkata Patti Hoffman said, “As you develop professional relationships and lasting friendships while in the U.S., and participate in our alumni communities, you ensure a lifelong engagement that connects India and the United States in a very meaningful way.”  

“The United States is the top destination for foreign students worldwide.  The students here will soon join the approximately 196,000 Indian students currently studying in the United States,” said Hoffman.

To give Indian students easy access to official, credible and comprehensive information on navigating the U.S. higher education admission process, the U.S. Embassy has launched the “EducationUSA India” mobile application. 

This free app will help Indian students and parents get answers, track progress and connect with EducationUSA advisers and resources at the touch of a button.

Indian students aspiring to enroll themselves in the U.S. universities can now get authentic information from the app.

Student Visa Day: Celebrating educational exchange between India and the US

India Blooms News Service
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