2,000 Emiratis enrolled in American universities during 2012

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013

Abu Dhabi

The 12th edition of the International Student Network’s American Education Expo (ISN Expo) will witness a large flock of pupils and parents wanting to be a part of the large pool of Emirati students studying in American universities abroad.

Starting on Friday 27 in the capital, the expo will also take place in Dubai the following day.

“Emirati and UAE-based students in general, are doing an excellent job in our universities, scoring very high in subjects like Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Currently our American students are not fulfilling the requirements for majoring in those fields,” said Babish Soni, director of marketing at the event.

Last year, 2,000 Emirati students were accepted into universities across the US, which is the highest number seen in the past 14 years, according to a spokesperson from the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

“Students accepted this year, will most likely receive a merit-based scholarship. Additionally, a US Embassy Office booth will be present at the event and a student counsellor will be able to talk to parents about visa arrangements which will be facilitated for all nationalities if prospect students meet US visa requirements,” Soni added.

All UAE residents are encouraged to apply as 90 per cent of students who are accepted from the UAE and Gulf region in general, were not natives from those countries, according to the official.

“Education is an $80 billion industry and is very good for the US economy as well as for those who study with us, because of the opportunities that they usually receive when they return to their country of residence,” Soni said.

Admission to the event is free and students are asked to bring multiple copies of their high-school report cards, transcripts, and TOEFL scores to the event to allow university representatives to determine admission and scholarship eligibility.

By Nada Al Taher ?Staff Reporter

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