American Corner Hosts International Education Week Virtual College Fair

On November 16, the Public Diplomacy Section celebrated International Education Week by inviting 120 top Gambian senior secondary school students to the American Corner for this year’s virtual college fair. The students joined tens of thousands of others across Africa and other parts of the world to interact live online with admission directors from more than a hundred U.S. universities and colleges. The virtual college fair gave students the chance to select their best fit university or college right from the American Corner desk, and allowed them to ask the admission directors directly about key requirements for university acceptance and scholarships available for international students.

The 5th annual International Students Day virtual college fair took place as part of International Education Week on the theme, “Empowering Youth through International Education.”

Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup visited the students at the American Corner Banjul and addressed them on the relevance of seeking education beyond borders.  She said, “I strongly encourage all of you and all young Gambians to commit yourselves to education, and to seek education beyond senior secondary school. Please do not be distracted! The crucial task before you right now is to learn, to read, to question and to grow your understanding of the world.”

The PD staff also interacted with the students and answered important questions relating to steps toward study in the U.S., including financial and other requirements.