Brussels College Night 2013

BCN_panel From left: Linda McKinnish Bridges, Ali Edelstein, Father Francis Chambers, and Erica Freund[/caption]   Following the panel, students moved to the main location where the representatives were set up at individual tables with information about each of their institutions. As they walked in, students were greeted by Fulbright grantees who welcomed them, providing information on all the schools present, as well as standardized tests, Fulbright programs, and embassy travel information.   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"]DSC_4187 Fulbright grantees at the welcome table pose with the US Ambassador, Denise Bauer, and a representative from the Embassy’s Consular Section, Ms. Raymonde Versali.[/caption]   Students were able to move from table to table and talk with representatives about their schools, specific programs, and the application process and what they should focus on for a successful application. Younger students attending with older siblings or parents were able to get a head start and ask about what they should focus on in the next few years in order to improve their chances for admission to American universities.   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"]DSC_4130 Ambassador Bauer poses with Western Kentucky University Honors College Representative Allison Smith (far left), study abroad student Allison Feikes (far right), and Fulbright Program Manager and almunus Ali Edelstein (center right).[/caption]   University representatives found active and engaging students who had several questions and were excited to hear about future educational opportunities abroad. In the exhibitor exit survey, university representatives indicated speaking to 23 students personally on average, and estimated that, of that number, they expected 6 students to ultimately apply. However, well-known US universities from the Northeast normally see much higher results from the event. For example, last year, 70 Belgian students applied to Northeastern University and 45 of those were admitted!   Norwich University attended the fair for the 27th time, and students were excited to see first-time participants like San Jose State University – located in Silicon Valley – and community colleges Diablo Valley Community College and Monroe College, which offer the chance to study in the US at a reduced cost.   Out of the student participants surveyed, the majority indicated hearing about Brussels College Night from a guidance counsellor or teacher, so EducationUSA Belgium would like to thank these individuals once again for their support! Their impact is especially significant since over one quarter of students indicated that their school does not have a guidance counsellor to help them navigate the US application process. Our student survey also indicated that over 60% of respondents were interested in collegiate athletics, so EducationUSA would like to welcome schools to bring more information about their NCAA sports programs in the future.   bcn Be sure to keep up with EducationUSA events throughout the rest of the year by joining us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!   For more photos of the event, check out our photostream on Flickr.   We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s 30th annual Brussels College Night on Monday, September 29, 2014.]]>