(16 June 2013, Nunspeet, The Netherlands) Hundreds of eager students lined up at the NH Sparrenhorst in Nunspeet on Sunday, as registration opened for UStudy’s first-ever Go USA College Fair 2013. The fair brought together over 30 American colleges and 20 experts to help European students make their way to their dream college.
The fair kicked off at 1.45 pm, with an opening speech by Consul General Randy Berry of the US Consulate. Over two hundred visitors came from all over the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Talking to a room full of hopeful parents and students, Berry pointed out that studying in the US is more accessible than people think. He added that there are many schools in the US and a lot of them offer funding – so people should ask for funding because there is a lot available.
Set in the picturesque town of Nunspeet, the laid back hotel became a hot bed of activity as students milled through college stalls and found their way to sessions. From Webster University to SCAD, Carleton College to Harvard – a cross sections of US schools were present at the fair.
One of the most popular sessions of the day was by Consul John Wilcock from the US Embassy. Wilcock spoke about “The What, How and When of Student Visas”. Other key sessions included a talk by Johannes Bos from DUO and one by Jessica Stannard of Nuffic.
Former UStudy clients were also present to talk to students about their experiences in US colleges and explain some interesting nuances about the American education system. Edwin Prins, a former basketball player for Foothill College, who was talking to visitors about his school said, “By the end of the day I was out of brochures! A lot of parents and students came to talk about sports in the US and scholarship opportunities for athletes.”
Representatives from top schools such as Harvard, Carleton and Middlebury were reportedly very happy with the quality of students who attended the fair. “The event was an eye opener for both sides – students and universities. While students got a chance to glimpse the enormous scope of the American education system, universities got a chance to see the caliber of Dutch students. UStudy is proud to have been the platform for this exchange,” said Marina Meijer, UStudy director.
Jason Hall, who represented Oregon State University, spoke to droves of students through the day and even found time for a one-on-one interaction with some eager students. OSU, Gold Sponsors of the Go USA College Fair, also conducted a virtual presentation along with Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy and St. John’s University.
By the end of the day, several students had already zeroed in on the college/course of their choice. All that remains is for them to live their dream!