This Fair was the best visited fair EducationUSA center has organized so far, with over 480 students and additional number of parents visiting the fair. EducationUSA advisers are extremely pleased with the response of students since the huge attendance sends a good image to the U.S. universities representatives. Increasing number of students send out a message to U.S. higher education representatives that there is need for this type of events and that Bosnian students consider the United States for the next stop in their education.
The Fair was also visited by the U.S. Ambassador in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maureen Cormack who announced, in her statement to the media, a new exchange program for Bosnian and Herzegovinian students at University of Dayton. Ambassador Cormack also talked with the American Councils staff and with Regional Educational Advising Coordinator, Ms. Cheryl Francisconi about the role of EducationUSA center in Sarajevo in internationalization of education.
Universities that presented at the fair were pleasantly surprised by the number of students who visited the fair. But were especially impressed about the knowledge of the English language students have shown: “Everyone I have spoken to speak such good English! I traveled lot around the world and can honestly say that in other countries this is just not the case. I am very pleasantly surprised, “said Jack Newman, a representative of the New York Film Academy.
Day after the Fair a few representatives of US colleges like University of Arizona met with students who plan to apply at their institutions to assist them with the application process and answer their questions. In days following the fair, many other students have contacted the EducationUSA center to get more information and to receive assistance in choosing a university that would be their best fit and the application process in general.
“This year we had many good partners helping us in promoting the event, and I would especially like to thank the Office of Public Affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, who worked hard on promoting the Fair in their Spelling Bee contests. Also, our media partner- web portal stipendije.ba did an extremely good job in promoting the Fair to their contacts and on their website and social media,” said Aleksandra Popović, EducationUSA student adviser.