From the Middle East to USA: Your College Journey Starts March 3rd

There are nearly 65,000 Middle Eastern students pursuing a college degree in the United States right now. Do you want to join them?

The United States is the MOST popular overseas education destination for students from the Middle East because of the quality and flexibility of its educational system. The country offers 4,000 high education institutions, hundreds of fields of study, world-renowned faculty, and high-tech learning facilities. In short, it has everything you need to build the successful career you’re dreaming of.

But the very size of the U.S. educational system can make it hard to pinpoint the right college for you. You’ll need to do some research to narrow down your options.

Your best chance to meet with U.S. college reps and current students is coming up on Saturday, March 3, 2012, and it’s coming right to your home: The Hobsons Virtual Student Fair (VSF). The VSF is a free online event for students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree at a U.S. university. Much like a traditional student fair, the VSF features booths staffed by university representatives. But because the fair takes place online, it is much easier to attend; all you need is an Internet connection.

In the virtual fair environment, you will be able to view photos and videos from dozens of U.S. universities, download materials, and chat live with admissions officers, professors, and current students. The booths at the fair will be segmented by level—undergraduate and graduate—so you can easily find schools that offer the degree(s) you’re looking for.

Parents and counselors are also encouraged to attend this free event to learn about the participating U.S. universities.

Knowledge isn’t the only think you can gain by attending the VSF. All students who register for and attend the fair will be entered into a drawing for one of three USD$1,000 scholarships awarded the day of the fair.

The VSF will be open from 1:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. March 3, and you should plan on spending 1–2 hours visiting the virtual booths and chatting with university staff members. As a bonus, the exhibit hall will remain open for repeat visits for the rest of the year; university staff will not be available for chat after March 3, but all of the videos, photos, and text documents will still be there to review and download. This will give you the flexibility to go back for another look at a school you liked, or even to visit for the first time if you weren’t able to make it to the live event.

Registration for the March 3 fair is now open, and you can sign up quickly at The registration page also features a list of participating universities with links to each school’s website and key information, so you can start your college research today!


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