Never too early to start realizing your dreams: US ambassador
  • By U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink | | May 23, 2019 01:41 PM
In his article on U.S. education, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink shares that it’s never too early to start looking for opportunities to study in the United States.

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink

As the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, I personally congratulate and encourage those of you who have received offers of admission to accept this life-changing opportunity and join your peers in experiencing the unique value of an American higher education at one of over 4,700 accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States! Graduates of U.S. universities become global leaders and innovators, and you should be proud to join this special group of young people whose lives will be changed forever by the dynamism, openness, and quality of United States campuses.

Offers of admission are the product of much careful thought and hard work, both by the students who apply and by the American colleges and universities that conduct a rigorous review of these applications. We recognize the energy and creativity you poured into essays about your dreams and ideas, the hard work it took to prepare for English language and other examinations, and the commitments you fulfilled to community service and extra-curricular interests.

Over one million international students are now in U.S. higher education institutions, maintaining the United States’ long-standing position as the world’s top host nation for international students. This is a testament to the unmatched quality of American higher education in the eyes of international students, their families, and future employees.

U.S. colleges and universities take pride in providing safe, welcoming environments for all their students. We value inclusion and actively support students from diverse backgrounds on our campuses. Many U.S. universities send messages of welcome to students around the world through the #YouAreWelcomeHere Campaign. I’m proud to join them in welcoming you to the United States, where our colleges and universities offer valuable educational opportunities to help you meet your life and career goals.

Consular officials at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and at American embassies and consulates around the world continue to work diligently to process student visa requests as part of your journey to a U.S. education.

Also, EducationUSA advisers worldwide stand ready to answer questions about studying in the United States. You can connect with our EducationUSA advisers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city via our websites. On Friday, June 7, in Hanoi, and Tuesday, July 23, in Ho Chi Minh city, EducationUSA will host their annual Pre-departure Orientation Day to help you best prepare for student life in the United States.

Also, for those of you considering the next step in your education journey, it’s never too early to start researching opportunities in the United States. Our EducationUSA advisers want to meet with you and share valuable resources to help inform your decision. There are study options at many price points, including community colleges and “2-plus-2” models that combine study at a community college and a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree. With thousands of institutions across the 50 states, there’s an American college or university that’s right for you, so take that next step and call our EducationUSA advisors today.

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