Past Events 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 3:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Study Abroad At Home, Open The Door To The World
Speaker: U.S. Alumni, University of the People, Edcata, EducationUSA Advisor

Speakers at the workshop will share with the audience, inspire and motivate them to study online with accredited American universities, then successfully transfer and study offline at American coordinating universities in the U.S. An inspiring sharing how studying abroad become so easy and cheap for everyone, the session will point out the shortest way to reach global knowledge. Join us in this exciting event to learn how to maximize all opportunities and tackle challenges when studying online, and how to get into amazing networking with buddies and mentors to support your online studies. Agenda of the program can be found here.

Wednesday, November 16, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m
Understanding the Application Process to U.S. Institutions
Speaker: EducationUSA Advisor
Venue: BMI Fair – Sofitel Plaza Hanoi

What factors into the increasingly competitive application process? Does it really require a lot of planning and preparation years before you actually apply to colleges? What you have done, how you apply, when you apply, and what you say can really affect whether you receive the acceptance or denial letter. Join EducationUSA in this event to learn more about the process of applying to U.S. colleges.

Wednesday, November 16, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
International Education Week Films Show “Stand and Deliver”
Director: Ramón Menéndez

Stand and Deliver is an exceptional motivational story based on the incredible success of mathematics teacher Jaimie Escalante. Since 1982, he prepared a number of average students from Garfield High School, a rundown urban school in a poor area of East Los Angeles, to pass the very difficult Advance Placement Test in Calculus. The movie is a heart-warming story about a modern miracle.

Tuesday, November 15, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
International Education Week Films Show “Off the Menu: Asian America”
Filmmaker: Grace Lee, independent filmmaker, Peabody Award-winner

What exactly does food reflect about Asian Pacific Americans? Off the Menu: Asian America grapples with how family, tradition, faith, and geography shape the relationship to food. The program takes audiences on a journey from Texas to New York and from Wisconsin to Hawaii using the obsession with food as a launching point to delve into a wealth of stories, traditions, and unexpected characters that help nourish this nation of immigrants. Off the Menu is a road trip into the kitchens, factories, temples and farms of Asian Pacific America that explores how the relationship to food reflects U.S. evolving community.

Thursday, November 10, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
The College Essay: Your Story (in 650 words or less) (Based on the Common Application 2017)
Speaker: Jessica Loh, New York University Abu Dhabi

Have you ever wondered what admissions officers look for when reading through thousands of applications? This interactive workshop will offer ‘stand-out’ insight into what makes an application rise above the rest. For students working on undergraduate essays in the Common Application for 2017, attend this workshop for insight and tips from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Admissions and the NYU Abu Dhabi Writing Center. NYUAD is a research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science college. It draws globally-minded students and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly international world.

Friday, November 11, 4:30 – 7:30pm
Linden Summer and Boarding School Expo
Address: Hilton Hotel, 1 Le Thanh Tong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
More information here.

Wednesday, November 2, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Working opportunities in the U.S. for international students
Speaker: Representatives from American University, University of South Carolina, University of Kansas, University of the Pacific, Auburn University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Florida International University

Are you interested in learning more about job opportunities in the U.S. for international students before and after graduation? There are many routes you can take, however it is not an easy process for international students. Most students are not familiar with the rules and regulations, where to find resources, how to network, and when to apply for a job. This presentation will outline opportunities available and how to take advantage of them while enrolled at a U.S. university or college. Please join EducationUSA in this exciting session to get yourself prepared before your journey in U.S.!

Tuesday, October 4, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Liberal Arts Education Fair
Việt Đức High School, 47 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

A liberal arts education refers to college studies that provide general knowledge and develop intellectual ability. This type of education can prepare you for many fields in today’s workplace. It has a number of benefits such as: exposure to a wide range of disciplines and the opportunity to develop a well-rounded educational background. Employers like liberal arts graduates because they have the skills necessary to adapt in a changing workplace. They desire transferrable skills which include written and verbal communication and the ability to solve complex problems and work well with others. Come join EducationUSA in this Liberal Arts Education Fair to learn more about liberal arts education in the U.S., scholarship, and financial aid opportunities offered by participating schools, and the U.S. student visa application process. Learn more about participating liberal arts colleges here.

Thursday, September 8, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Tackle the GMAT Exam
Speaker: Richard Tran, scores 770/800 on GMAT

The GMAT exam measures verbal, mathematical, integrated reasoning, and analytical writing skills that are developed throughout one’s education. Therefore, preparation for the test is essential since it can be difficult to remember all the content. Most GMAT test takers start preparing about three to six months before the actual test date. Richard Tran, will share his insight on the most important exam in the MBA application. You will learn how the GMAT affects the outcome of your MBA application, what the GMAT test is, and how to study most effectively to achieve a high score that will get you into the school of your choice. You will also interact with the speaker during the presentation. Come join EducationUSA in this information session to learn tips to best prepare for this test.

Thursday, September 15, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Unpacking the Common Application
Speaker: Maya Hoffman, Assistant Director of International Admissions and Recruitment
Concordia University – Portland, Oregon

The Common Application is your inclusive ticket to over 500 private universities around the world. It is long, tedious, and much more difficult for students looking into studying abroad. Maya Hoffman from Concordia University-Portland is going to help unpack and understand all the sections of the Common Application. Participants in this workshop will leave with the notes and information to confidently apply to universities around the globe through the Common Application.

Monday, September 26, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Process
Speaker: Midwest Education Tour: Concordia College, Maryville University, Missouri Western State University, Saint Louis University, St. Catherine University

The more you know about the financial aid system, the better chance of maximizing your scholarship opportunities. Come learn how you can save money while studying in the United States with representatives from the Midwest Education Tour. Studying higher education in the Midwest brings you a lot of advantages, including world-class education at an affordable cost, safe and friendly environment, and a lot of internships and work opportunities. Please click here for more information about the institutions.

Wednesday, August 31, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
How to Excel in Graduate School
Speaker: Dr. Roy T.R. McGrann, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York

This presentation will shed light on how to succeed in graduate school at universities in the United States. First an orientation to U.S. degree programs will be presented. The variations between types of degrees available in graduate schools in the U.S. will be discussed. The presentation will highlight what U.S. professors expect from students in their graduate courses and advise from international students who are currently studying in U.S. graduate schools. The final part of the presentation will be an introduction to resources available at various U.S. universities that will help you succeed.

Tuesday, August 30, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
How to Perfect Your Essay when applying to U.S. Undergraduate College
Speakers: Admissions officers from Oberlin College, Pitzer College, Whitman College, and Drew University

Representatives from Oberlin College, Pitzer College, Whitman College, and Drew University will give a presentation on essay writing. Join EducationUSA to learn more about tips to perfect the essays you will use on the Common Application as you apply to U.S. undergraduate colleges. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about their specific colleges and scholarship programs, and ask questions after the presentation. We look forward to seeing you there! To view schools profile, please click here.

Tuesday, August 23, 5:00 – 6:30 p. m.
Tips on Transferring From a Community College to a University

Venue: To Be Confirmed
Speaker: University of California, Berkeley, and San Matteo Colleges of Silicon Valley
Online registration is required here

U.S. Community Colleges play a vital role which is unique to developed western countries. They give their citizens open access to higher education without barriers. Transferring from a community college to a four-year institution is a very practical way to enter university. In order for the transfer applications to be reviewed, prospective transfer students must meet “Eligibility Transfer Requirements” by the university. Approximately, 40% of Bachelor’s degree students in the United States begin their studies at a community college. Without a doubt, where you choose to start college is not as important as where you ultimately earn your Bachelor’s degree. Please join EducationUSA, University of California, Berkeley, and San Matteo Colleges of Silicon Valley to learn more about the university transfer from community colleges, and the process of transferring from community colleges to selective universities in the U.S.

Tuesday, August 9, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
SAT Test Taking Tips, Techniques, and Strategies
Speaker: Dr. Jason Kassel, President of Kassel Consulting

This 90-minute session will focus on training Vietnamese students for the SAT exam. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the best SAT test taking practices, tips for time management and understanding of transition words and phrases. At the end of the session, students will have a better understanding of how to prepare themselves for the SAT. This  session will be given by Dr. Jason Kassel, President of Kassel Consulting.  Dr. Kassel has over 19 years teaching experience in various community colleges and universities in the United States. He was most recently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Valdosta State University.

Thursday, August 4, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Innovative Learning
Speaker: Nguyen Mai Thy, Founding Class Student at Minerva Schools, Co-president of VietAbroader, Co-founder of Athena Talks

As you may all know, the world is changing rapidly and becoming more interconnected and complex. The spread of globalization has interrupted the way we live, work, and communicate. The question is, how can students be well equipped to take advantage of opportunities that these changes present? Please join Thy Nguyen, who is a Founding Class student at Minerva Schools, to explore this topic and develop practical solutions to this challenge. With guided exercises designed in an interactive workshop, this session will help you think critically, creatively, and globally about your learning experience.

Tuesday, July 26, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
How To Win A Scholarship at Liberal Arts College
Studying abroad is currently the dream of many Vietnamese students. However, the financial matter is always seems to be a huge road-block of students whom want to pursue their dream abroad, and particularly in the United States. Yes, an elite education in the US is indeed very expensive, but it is an investment for a lifetime. Loc Nguyen – an International Admission Ambassador from Augustana College (Illinois) will help you overcome the financial obstacle by finding their own valuable scholarship to make their "American Dream" come true. Furthermore, he will also share her personal experience as an international student on both academic and social life in an American university.

MOOC TOEFL Test Preparation: The Insider’s Guide (PDF-414KB)
from June 17 to July 15, 2016, 3:00 – 4:30PM
Do you want to achieve the best TOEFL score? Do you want to learn about time saving strategies, types of questions on the test, and how to best prepare for the test? Please join EducationUSA and our facilitated discussions with experienced English teachers, who can help answer any questions you might have. Please click here (PDF, 414KB) for more information. Don’t forget to register for the online course and register for our facilitated discussions.

Tuesday, July 12, 3:00 – 4:30pm
Study Fashion in the U.S.
Have you ever wondered what a fashion designer actually does, whether it is the right career for you, or how designers come up with a fresh collection every season? Tai Le will share his own experience working in the fashion industry to help guide you through the fashion design process. You will learn every important aspect of the fashion world; such as history, style, trends, business of fashion, design, developing a portfolio, and fashion marketing. Please come join us at this exciting event!
Tai Le was born in Hanoi, Vietnam. He has completed his Bachelor’s Degree in International Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. Although young, Tai has worked for Giorgio Armani which inspired his interests in the world of luxury and glamour. Tai is currently studying fashion at Parsons School of Fashion in New York City.

Thursday, July 7, 1:30 – 6:00pm
Pre-Departure Orientation (PDF, 328KB)
Are you departing for the U.S. this fall? Do you want to stay safe, healthy and happy while in the U.S.? Do you want to be highly successful at your school? Join EducationUSA at our Pre-departure Orientation on July 7, 2016 in Hanoi. Exciting sessions and a lot of valuable gifts are waiting for you! PDO is an annual EducationUSA event that gives students the opportunity to meet fellow students going to study in the United States, as well as current students. Our PDO includes information on academic success, socio-cultural adjustment, U.S. alumni experience sharing, and useful tips on travel and living in the United States. Agenda of the program can be found here (PDF, 328KB).

Monday, June 27, 3:00PM – 4:30PM
An “Insider’s” point of view, what are the things an international admissions officer is looking for when reviewing applications?
Presenter: Dr. Song Hoffman, Associate Director of Admissions, University of Delaware

In this session, you will hear from Dr. Song Hoffman, Associate Director of Admissions from University of Delaware on tips for searching and applying to your ideal US College; and especially from an “Insider’s” point of view, what are the things an international admissions officer is looking for when reviewing applications? Dr. Song was an international student herself and she spent 14 years in Australia and 5 years in the U.S. – with about 15 years’ experience in the international higher education industry. She is happy to share her thoughts, stories, and experiences as an international student as well as an international educator.

Tuesday, June 21, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Liberal Arts Colleges for Women

On Tuesday, June 21, 2:00-3:30 pm, Dr. Vivia Fowler will visit the Education USA office to give a presentation about opportunities for enrolling in Liberal Arts Colleges and Women’s Colleges in the United States of America. Dr. Fowler is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia (USA), the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. Dr. Fowler will describe the unique features of liberal arts and women’s colleges and why they are an excellent option for undergraduate studies. She will also explain the application process for such institutions.

Presenter: Dr. Vivia Fowler, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wesleyan College.

Friday, May 13, 2:30PM – 4:00PM
TOEFL Test Preparation and TOEFL Alternatives
Ready to study in the U.S.? Get started with the TOEFL! Join EducationUSA to learn all about the exam including test taking strategies, time management, and approaches to each section. Create a timeline to help yourself prepare for and ace the test.

Presenter: Dana Van De Walker is an international student recruiter at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). She is a Chicago native who has experience working in Korea and the Middle East. She has taught TOEFL test prep for 6 years.

Tuesday, May 10, 3:30PM – 4:30PM
How to Succeed in Your Graduate Studies
As students advance into graduate-level studies, the requirements for success are different. Graduate students are expected to have a greater level of academic maturity. Being a graduate student is a full-time job that requires you to sharpen a variety of skills, and learn some new ones. Join EducationUSA in this information session on “How to succeed in your graduate studies”. What you will get are practical advices to succeed as a graduate student in an American university.

Presenter: Dr. Han P. Bao, Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

Thursday, March 31, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Creating a Lifetime of Opportunity: Begin with the End in Mind
Speaker: Brian Cicero, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs for Colorado Heights University
Are you thinking about your future? Possibly college? Do you know what your ultimate career goal looks like? Did you know that you will work for around 40 years? These are all topics that we will discuss as go on a journey through your professional career. Our belief is that you should begin with the end in mind. During our workshop you will have the opportunity to explore your passions and values, but more importantly help you identify your ultimate career goal. Once you know what the end looks like, we will then help you explore the journey that you will need to take to reach that goal. On our journey you will then explore the things that you should consider when considering your future college, what will make your admissions essay stand out, and tips for international students to succeed in a U.S. university. Please join us on a journey to the future…YOUR FUTURE.

Wednesday, March 23, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
The Value of Liberal Arts Colleges in the Professional Market
Speaker: Luiz Pereira, Director of International Partnerships & Admissions, Daemen College
Liberal arts colleges allow students to become multidisciplinary. In a global world, the ability to adapt to different environments and absorb confluent knowledge are some of the main skills that companies look for in successful leaders, complementary to their specialty. Please join us in this information session to learn more about Liberal Arts Colleges, and Daemen’s 4 year undergraduate and graduate programs in a dynamic environment in Buffalo, New York.

Thursday, March 17, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
EducationUSA Spring Fair 2016
Do you want to join over 18,000 Vietnamese students in the U.S.?  Do you want to learn more about various U.S. government scholarship programs for Vietnamese students and professionals?  Join us at the EducationUSA Spring Fair 2016, at the Hanoi Daewoo Hotel, 360 Kim Ma St, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm on Thursday, March 17.  Please click here (PDF-741KB) for details. Register online at for express check-in at the fair, and to receive updated information from schools attending the fair.

Tuesday, February 23, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
How to apply to U.S. Universities
 Lukman Arsalan, Associate Director of Admission/International Coordinator, Albion College
Learn what U.S. Colleges and Universities look for in an application when you apply. Hear it straight from the source from an admissions counselor of Albion College. The campus is located in the city of Albion, Michigan with charming Victorian homes, redbrick main street, lovely Georgian buildings with many activities to do in a number of downtown hangouts as well as natural parks.

January 15, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
How to Finance Your Studies in the U.S.
Leslie Chanthaphasouk and Nhan Ho, California State University, Fullerton.
Paying for college doesn’t have to be difficult or devastating. This session will help you better understand how to pay for higher education in the United States. The discussion will be led by the International Programs and Global Engagement office from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). CSFU is located in the center of Orange County, about 30 miles from Los Angeles. The school offers more than 50 undergraduate degrees and nearly 50 master’s programs.

January 5, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
How to Apply and Study in the United States
Nichole L. Pazdernik, Director of International Recruitment, Admissions and Education Abroad, Fulbright Student Advisor, St. Cloud State University
Please join EducationUSA and St. Cloud State University’s Director of International Admissions for a presentation on how to apply to university in the United States. After the session you will get the opportunity to ask questions about the application process, university life or any other questions you may have. St. Cloud State University is Minnesota’s second-largest public university, with more than 15,400 students.