American Center “Back to School” Open Day Attracts Huge Crowd

Consul General Rena Bitter welcomes participants to the event

To celebrate the new academic year and third anniversary of the American Center (AC), the AC hosted a Back-To-School Open Day on September 25. The aim was to inform students and other members of the community about opportunities for study in the U.S. It also showcased helpful services that the American Center and EducationUSA Advising Center offer. The morning portion of the event featured a series of presentations and discussions led by EducationUSA advisers and consulate officers about study in the U.S., scholarship opportunities, student life, and student visas. In the afternoon, a mini-fair and concurrent sessions were held.

Photo of the interns
American Center interns introduce and distribute English learning materials to participants

Program administrators and alumni of various exchange scholarships sponsored by the Department of State added to the mix of speakers. Patrons enjoyed interactive activities led by student interns. The day attracted an enthusiastic group of around 350 who went home with a full package of useful information, Trace Effect English learning CDs, and IIP publications. Participants also had a chance to tour the AC Library and get a membership card onsite.