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1 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education EducationUSA.state.gov Africa: Partnering for the Future

2 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Africa: 32,680 Students in the U.S. EducationUSA.state.gov

3 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Africa: Student Mobility 2008/09 EducationUSA.state.gov

4 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Africa: 8 Countries with More than 1,000 Students in U.S. EducationUSA.state.gov

5 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Hot Spots for Recruiting: Increases over 5 years EducationUSA.state.gov

6 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Africa: Student Mobility Analysis Angola: 544 Benin: 328 Burkina Faso: 568 Chad: 138 Congo Brazzaville: 208 Cote D’Ivoire: 806 Rwanda: 366 Uganda: 836 In 2008-09, 8 countries recorded historic high enrollments in the U.S. Consider expanding your recruitment focus through EducationUSA EducationUSA.state.gov

7 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education African Students by Sub-Region EducationUSA.state.gov

8 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education 2,795 African Research Scholars in U.S. 2008/09 1-year change: +59% 5-year change: +72% 10-year change: +140% EducationUSA.state.gov

9 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education U.S. Study Abroad: Leading Hosts EducationUSA.state.gov

10 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Intensive English Programs 1,059 IEP students from Africa in 2008-09: 1-year change: +38% 5-year change: +66% 10-year change: +49% Leading IEP enrollments in U.S. come from Gabon, Cote D’Ivoire, Mali, and Burkina Faso, with more than 100 each EducationUSA.state.gov

11 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education EducationUSA in Africa We have 44 centers in 39 countries, and can provide information on all 48 Almost all our centers are in U.S. embassies Our team consists of 51 Advisers, two REACs and a Program Officer We reach 380,000 contacts annually EducationUSA.state.gov

12 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Questions? EducationUSA.state.gov

13 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Transformational Advising Begins with Africa Intensive, personalized programs that guide students through the admissions process in small groups and one on one, in keeping with African cultures. EducationUSA.state.gov

14 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Transformational Advising Programs Opportunity funds in Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe USAP (United States Student Achievers Program) in Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe EducationUSA.state.gov

15 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education More Transformational Programs EducationUSA Membership Programs: reading, writing, Internet research, community service, communications, food for thought seminars, etc. English Clubs: ambitious and globally aware students eager to discuss issues Career Connect in Nigeria: summer internships for students home from U.S. colleges EducationUSA.state.gov

16 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Transformational Advising Changes students’ mindsets Develops analytical thinking Fosters decision-making and responsibility Cultivates reading and writing skills Thoroughly prepares students for U.S. higher education Makes students more competitive for admissions and financial aid EducationUSA.state.gov

17 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Questions? EducationUSA.state.gov

18 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Financial Realities Advisers work with students to determine how much their families can realistically pay, then teach them how to research schools that have the funding they need. We teach students how to build strong and compelling applications: “Demonstrate worth before need.” “Don’t apply to any school that cannot meet your needs, academic and financial.” EducationUSA.state.gov

19 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Challenges and Solutions: Financial Although many need aid, a significant portion of families can pay $20,000 and more per year. Students using EducationUSA Africa are awarded over $15 million from U.S. institutions each year. EducationUSA.state.gov

20 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Challenges and Solutions: Visas About half of our countries have healthy student visa issuance rates above 50%, with some in southern Africa approaching 100%. In the most challenging countries the issuance rate is 10-20%, and includes fully-funded graduate students going to top-ranked universities. Work with us to fully support your students through the visa process. EducationUSA.state.gov

21 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education The EducationUSA Difference: Value Added Students from EducationUSA… –are more likely to select suitable schools –plan their finances –complete their applications –qualify for visas –attend a pre-departure orientation –stay in school –graduate on time and return home EducationUSA.state.gov

22 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education The EducationUSA Difference: Value Added Students from EducationUSA… –give you peace of mind, –make a greater impact, –give you return on investment… EducationUSA.state.gov

23 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Take these Factors into Consideration Africans are the most mobile university students in the world, according to UNESCO Africa has the world’s fastest increase in tertiary enrollments, rising at 8% per year, according to the World Bank Africans consistently express favorable views of the U.S., according to the Pew Charitable Trust EducationUSA.state.gov

24 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Trends: What to Watch For Changes to educational systems: Bologna Accord’s LMD in Francophone countries promotes flexibility, recognition of credentials. Regional higher education associations and accreditation strengthen universities and students. EducationUSA.state.gov

25 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Additional Trends African higher education growth features expansion of public universities and hundreds of new private universities. Graduates of private universities starting to apply to graduate school. EducationUSA.state.gov

26 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Questions? EducationUSA.state.gov

27 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education How Can You Enroll More African Students? Refer all applicants to EducationUSA Advising Centers Adopt student-friendly, personalized admissions procedures Take a holistic view of the application Value the courageous and tenacious students from disadvantaged backgrounds EducationUSA.state.gov

28 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Enrollment Tips: Financial Be transparent about costs and financial aid Don’t require the CSS International Profile Be open to negotiate transfer credit, to reduce student costs Consolidate small scholarships into larger ones; create merit scholarships to reward leadership and service EducationUSA.state.gov

29 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education More Enrollment Tips Put a text-only button on your websiteGuarantee on-campus jobs on the I-20 Consider the cultural mindset: humble, respectful and reserved Get to know your applicants: interview by Skype EducationUSA.state.gov

30 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Enrollment Tips: Documentation Waive application fees for international applicants Accept copies of academic documents certified by EducationUSA Verify national exam results through examination boards Educate yourself about African educational systems and standards EducationUSA.state.gov

31 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Recruitment Opportunities Admissions groups: Let us help you arrange your small group or individual tour, or join the CIS annual tour Fairs: See www.educationusa.state.gov for details, and encourage your alumni to represent youwww.educationusa.state.gov Digital Video Conferences (DVCs): almost all U.S. embassies can meet you virtually EducationUSA.state.gov

32 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Examples Malawi Nigeria Zimbabwe EducationUSA.state.gov

33 Your Official Source on U.S. Higher Education Come to Our Conference! October 4-8, 2010 Kievits Kroon Estate Pretoria, South Africa www.educationusa. info/conferences/pr etoria_2010 EducationUSA.state.gov


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