Virtual Education Fairs

You are cordially invited to participate in our upcoming Virtual Education Fairs (VEF) in countries from around the world. Each VEF is limited to six appropriately accredited U.S. Private High Schools, Boarding Schools, and 4-year Colleges and Universities. The most reputable and best performing agents from targeted markets will visit the U.S. Consulates or Embassies in each country listed to listen and watch the presentations of the schools participating in the fairs. Using web conferencing technology, your school will be able to conduct a 10-minute presentation via PowerPoint to an audience of no less than 10 of the top agents during the fair. Please note that the majority of educational institutions, which participated in our 2013 and 2014 virtual education fairs with Brazil, Vietnam, and others countries, reported increases in student enrollments from the countries as a result of the events.

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Recruit Students from France, Belgium and the United Kingdom without Getting on a Plane! – SOLD OUT!

 

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service invites you to join our Western Europe Virtual Education Fair on Thursday, March 19, 2015 which will introduce appropriately accredited U.S. community colleges and undergraduate institutions, particularly those offering summer programs, to pre-qualified international student recruitment agencies in France, Belgium and the U.K.  This event is not appropriate for English as a Second Language programs.

From 2013 to 2014, students from the U.K. studying in the U.S. grew over 7% and students from Belgium grew 6%.  Are you receiving your share of the over 8,000 French students studying in the U.S.?  Expand your international student population without leaving home!  

 

Background

The U.S. Commercial Service Virtual Education Fairs (VEFs) link U.S. educational institutions with overseas agents via a real-time webinar, giving participating institutions the opportunity to promote their programs to potential agents to attract more international enrollment – without traveling!

The U.S. Commercial Service has been organizing low-cost VEFs for many years with outstanding success.  We have promoted Ivy League institutions, ESL schools, MBA programs, law schools, community colleges, technical training programs, etc. and have attracted international students from Canada to Kazakhstan.

 

Western Europe VEF Details

The Western Europe VEF will be held at 10:00 AM EST (9:00 AM CST / 7:00 AM PST) on Thursday, March 19, 2015.  

 

  •         Only six (6) participants will be showcased. These institutions will present their school to potential student recruitment partners through a live Internet-Conference Call connection from their office or home.

 

  •         Upon receipt of institutional information, the U.S. Commercial Service will review your academic program offerings, accreditations, etc. to ensure an appropriate match. If selected to participate we will contact you regarding the required registration and to assist in making payment by credit card.

 

  •         The cost to participate is $650, which is a fraction of the cost of traveling to any European country to introduce your institution. Deadline for registering is February 23 (note: may sell out earlier).  The program lasts 1.5 hours.

 

  •         Once payment is fulfilled, we will send you the conference call and webinar participation information, along with dates and times for the web-based training programs.  

 

If you are interested in participating, please contact Joan Kanlian: joan.kanlian@trade.gov

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Virtual Education Fair in Vietnam – SOLD OUT!

Date of Event: Thursday, March 19th, 2015; 8:30pm EST

Programs: Community Colleges, Undergraduate, Graduate, Boarding Schools, Private High Schools

Cost: $650, limited to six (6) U.S. Institutions

Contact: Anna Flaaten at anna.flaaten@trade.gov

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Seeking to Diversify your International Student Population?  Look to Eastern Europe! – SOLD OUT!

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (US&FCS) invites you to join our Eastern Europe Virtual Education Fair on Thursday, April 2 which serves to introduce accredited U.S. colleges and universities with undergraduate, graduate, and ESL programs to pre-qualified international student recruitment agencies in Bulgaria and Hungary.

Background

The US&FCS’ Virtual Education Fairs (VEFs) link U.S. educational institutions with overseas agents via a real-time webinar, giving participating institutions the opportunity to promote their programs to potential agents to attract more international enrollment – all without setting foot on a plane!

 

The US&FCS has been organizing low-cost VEFs for many years with outstanding success.  We have promoted Ivy League institutions, ESL schools, MBA programs, law schools, community colleges, technical training programs, etc. and have attracted international students from Canada to Kazakhstan.

 

Eastern Europe VEF Details

The Eastern Europe VEF will be held at 8:00 AM EST (7:00 AM CST / 5:00 AM PST) on Thursday, April 2, 2015, giving participants a low cost opportunity to introduce their university programs to education agents in Bulgaria and Hungary.  All universities which have undergraduate, graduate programs, and/or ESL programs are welcomed!

 

  • Only six (6) participants will be showcased from those educational institutions that express interest. These institutions will present their school to potential student recruitment partners in Bulgaria and Hungary through a live Internet-Conference Call connection from their office or home.

 

  • Upon receipt of institutional information, the US&FCS will review your academic program offerings, accreditations, etc. to ensure an appropriate match. If selected to participate we will contact you regarding the required registration and to assist in making payment by credit card.

 

  • The cost to participate is $650, which is a fraction of the cost of traveling to either European country to introduce your institution. Deadline for registering is March 26th (note: may sell out earlier).  The program lasts 1.5 hours.

 

  • Once payment is fulfilled, we will send you the conference call and webinar participation information, along with dates and times for the web-based training programs.  If you are not chosen to participate, you will be notified by with an explanation of why your institution was not chosen to participate in this event.

 

If you are interested in participating, please contact Daniel Gaines: daniel.gaines@trade.gov

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In addition to the fairs listed above, we are currently working out the details on events in the following markets:

Country

Target Market

Month/Year

Philippines

TBD

March 2015

N. Europe (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland)

TBD

April 2015

China

TBD

August/September 2015

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Please note the following important information for each virtual education fair:

  • The participation fee per school is $650, unless indicated otherwise
  • VEFs are limited to 6 appropriately accredited schools
  • VEFs are expected to last 90 minutes
  • You can dial-in and log-in from home or office
  • Training will be provided in advance to those who have never done a webinar
  • You may send your marketing materials in advance to our offices overseas for distribution to the agents
  • Prior to the VEF, Participating schools will receive a “Welcome Kit” which will include contact information and detailed profiles on each of the agents.
  • The VEFs will be recorded for future reference by the agents and each participating school

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If there is a country/region that you are interested in that is not listed above, please let us know.

For more information on any of these virtual fairs, or to be added to a list for specific events, please contact:

Ms. Gabriela Zelaya
U.S. Commercial Service – San Jose, CA
gabriela.zelaya@trade.gov


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