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ACU Home > Major Events > News > 2003 News Archive > Overseas Advisers

Overseas advisers to visit ACU for glimpse of American college life

For immediate release
Oct. 28, 2003

Abilene Christian University has been selected as one of three schools nationwide to host a group of overseas educational advisers visiting the U.S. for a closer look at colleges and universities in America.  Educational advisers from China, Romania, Pakistan and Belarus will be in Abilene Nov. 2-7.

These international advisers, posted at places such as the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs offices, Fulbright Commissions, local universities and bi-national centers, help foreign students learn about higher education in the United States.  The College Board, a national nonprofit association dedicated to connecting students to college success, works with various U.S. higher education institutions to arrange campus visits for advisers at three sites around the United States each year.  These visits form the second component of a three-week professional training program.  The three sites for this year’s visit are Abilene Christian University, Roanoke College (Virginia) and Western Kentucky University.

Although ACU will host the advisers, they will visit other higher education institutions in the area such as Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University, Abilene Intercollegiate School of Nursing, and Texas Tech University.

While in Abilene the advisers will learn about college processes such as admissions, financial aid, international programs, technology, teaching and campus life, all while experiencing American culture and learning about individual colleges and universities.

International students play a major part in the U.S. economy. In the 2001-02 school year, 582,996 international students studied at American colleges and universities, creating an economic impact of $11.95 billion, according to the Institute of International Education Open Doors statistics. About 44,000 of those students were in Texas, creating an economic impact of $738 million.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended, supports this U.S.-based training program financially.  The College Board under a State Department grant administers this program.

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