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Southern Europe

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain

REAC Name: Cheryl Francisconi

The Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC) for Southern Europe is responsible for a dynamic and diverse region with strong interest in study in the United States. Despite increased opportunities for study within Europe, Southern Europe remain a growing and important region for U.S. study. The number of French students going to the U.S. has increased by 16.8% in the past 5 years. Portugal, Italy, Spain and Greece continue to be strong sending countries, and there is increasing interest in U.S. study from Albania, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia-Heregovina. Slovenia offers government scholarships for students interesting in studying abroad and Bulgarian students also have access to good funding opportunities. EducationUSA centers are happy to provide assistance to students and U.S. higher education institutions on study in the United States. Download a copy of Open Doors 2012 data for Europe here:

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Regional Conference Information

1 Dates: 2014-09-22 - 2014-09-26
Location: Tiblisi, Georgia
Description: EducationUSA Europe/Eurasia is in the planning stages for a regional conference for EducationUSA Advisers and U.S. higher education institutions currently scheduled for late September 2014. Watch this space for more information coming soon.

In The News

1 Join the EducationUSA Pavilion at the EAIE Conference in Istanbul
Date: Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

LAST CHANCE to join the EducationUSA Pavilion at Europe's largest international education fair, September 10-12 in Istanbul, Turkey. We just have four spaces left and they are going fast. Contact to reserve your space with us now!
2 EducationUSA Chennai to Offer Live Broadcast of Student Visa Presentation
Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

In cooperation with the US Consulate, the EducationUSA center at the United States-India Educational Foundation in Chennai will be organizing a live streaming of a student visa presentation between 3-5pm on Friday, June 10th. Participants should register in advance. The program will be streamed at Students can also log on to the U.S Consulate's Twitter and Facebook pages.
3 EducationUSA Presentation in Chennai Attracts Big Crowds
Date: Monday, May 9th, 2011

In May, EducationUSA Chennai staff from USIEF participated in the Hindu Education Plus International Education Fair 2011. Press coverage noted that the U.S. - with over one hundred thousand Indian students - continues to be a popular destination for Indian students. Sessions conducted by EducationUSA staff in Chennai were jam-packed on both days of Hindu Educational Fair.
4 EducationUSA Chennai Advises Students on Applying to U.S. Universities
Date: Saturday, May 7th, 2011

At an educational fair organized by the Hindu, EducationUSA Adviser C. Vijayalakshmi conducted a presentation about studying in the U.S. and offered tips about preparing a U.S. university applications.
“The statement of purpose has to be a clear and concise. It can make or break your application,” says C. Vijayalakshmi, educational advisor, United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), at a seminar session as part of the fair. She asks students to be honest about their potential.
5 EducationUSA Serbia is Preparing Future Students
Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

The EducationUSA Advising Center at the International Academic Center helps future students to choose the most appropriate college, prepare for standardized tests, and gain the confidence that they will need to succeed as a foreign student.
6 More Indians Going to US Universities
Date: Saturday, April 16th, 2011

The number of Indian applicants to US graduate programmes has increased by 7% this year, according to a preliminary survey by the Council of Graduate Schools in the US. This follows a 1% increase the previous year, while China, which saw a steady increase in the number of applicants to US universities, registered a 2% dip in 2010-11.
7 Kazakhstani Students Participate in Webchat with Wellesley College
Date: Thursday, March 17th, 2011

In honor of Women’s History Month, on March 17, the Public Affairs Section and Wellesley College conducted a webchat “Women’s Colleges in America: A Webchat with Wellesley College.” Deputy Chief of Mission Pamela Spratlen, Wellesley College students, and International Students Adviser participated in the program.
8 OSU & EducationUSA Promote US Higher Education in Central Asia
Date: Thursday, February 24th, 2011

On February 23, Marco Antonio Chavez, Assistant Director of Enrollment Services at The Ohio State University, spoke to students at the EducationUSA Center at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent in order to encourage international enrollment in American universities. He arrived as a representative to the International Education and Career Exhibit held in Tashkent from February 22-24.
9 Ambassador Warlick Opens New EducationUSA Center in Belgrade
Date: Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

On Wednesday, January 19, U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Mary Warlick and Serbian Minister of Telecommunications Jasna Matic opened the International Academic Center office at its new location in Belgrade, Decanska 12/I.
10 Record Number of Turks Studying at U.S. Universities
Date: Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

According to Open Doors 2010, the annual report on international academic mobility published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, the number of Turkish students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education in 2009/10 increased from 12,148 to 12,397, a 2% increase compared to the previous year.
11 U.S. Embassy, EducationUSA Participate in Annual Turkmenistan Education Fair
Date: Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Large crowds gathered at the U.S. Embassy’s booth at a recent fair titled “Education, Science, Sports and Tourism in the Epoch of New Revival.” The exhibition was organized by the Chamber of Trade and Commerce of Turkmenistan and took place at the Exhibition Palace in Ashgabat from Nov. 24-26.
12 Hundreds of Uzbek Students Attend Tashkent Fair
Date: Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Hundreds of Uzbek students attended the International Education Fair at Tashkent International School in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on Nov. 13, to seek advice on how to apply for international universities and colleges, fill out grant and scholarship documents and prepare for entrance exams. The fair, sponsored by the US Department of Education and US State Department, is in its fourth year as part of Uzbekistan's International Education Week
13 Increased Number of Albanians Studying at U.S. Universities
Date: Monday, November 15th, 2010

According to Open Doors 2010, 790 Albanian students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education during the 2009/10 academic year, an increase of 4% from the previous year.
14 U.S. Embassy Marks International Education Week
Date: Monday, November 15th, 2010

The U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan, American Councils, IREX, and the American Corners throughout Turkmenistan will conduct a series of presentations and events as part of International Education Week to honor the importance and value of international exchanges.
15 International Education Fair Opens a World of Opportunities for Students
Date: Sunday, November 14th, 2010

On November 13, 2010, hundreds of students and professionals once again flooded onto the grounds of Tashkent International School to find out more about educational opportunities in the United States and the rest of the world. The Fourth Annual International Education Fair hosted more than 600 visitors and representatives from around a dozen organizations on a picturesque autumn day in Tashkent.
16 More than 2,000 Students Attend Education Fair in Astana
Date: Sunday, November 14th, 2010

The U.S. Embassy celebrated the 11th annual International Education Week by organizing an education fair in Astana. More than 2,000 students attended the event and had the opportunity to interact with Embassy representatives, alumni associations, Education USA advisers, IREX, American Councils, and representatives from many American universities and military service academies.
17 College Fair Held in Belgrade
Date: Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Minister of Youth and Sport Snezana Samardzic Markovic of Serbia and the U.S. Ambassador in Serbia Mary Warlick opened oday a college fair organized by the Council of International Schools, as part of a tour of Eastern Europe.
18 1st Foreign College Fair Held in Belgrade
Date: Sunday, November 14th, 2010

High school students met with representatives of 20 foreign universities at the 1st foreign college fair at the Children's Cultural Center "Majdan" in Belgrade. Students learned how to apply to foreign universities and study in the U.S., as well as how obtain a scholarship.
19 College Fair Held in Children's Cultural Center
Date: Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Minister of Youth and Sport Snezana Samardzic Markovic Serbia and Ambassador of the United States (U.S.) in Serbia Mary Warlick opened today a college fair organized by the Council of International Schools, as part of tour of Eastern Europe.
20 Higher Education in the US and Financial Aid Opportunities
Date: Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

There are more than 3,800 accredited institutions of higher education in the United States. Close to 15 million students are enrolled at these schools. At present, more than 550,000 of them are foreign and more than 13,000 are Turkish.
21 International students and American university life
Date: Monday, March 29th, 2010

American college life - you’ve seen it portrayed in the movies, you’ve read about it online and in the media, and more likely than not, you know someone that’s been a part of it. Everyone has some ideas about what it’s like to live and study as a college student in the United States. But what is studying in the U.S. really about, and what can Turkish students expect when jetting off to the United States for their educational needs?
22 US University of 21st Century is Magnet for Those who Want to Excel
Date: Monday, March 29th, 2010

Large numbers of Turkish students have traditionally studied abroad. For many years, thousands of this country’s young people have chosen to study in the United States.
23 Unlevel Playing Field for Central Asian Students at US Universities
Date: Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Only 342 Tajik students enrolled in U.S. universities in 2009. Most are covering not only the cost of their tuition but living expenses, as well. Foreign students are barred from many kinds of legal employment in the United States, meaning many Tajiks are forced to seek out unofficial, menial jobs just to make ends meet.
24 Number of Azerbaijani students increased in U.S. colleges and universities
Date: Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

The number of the Azerbaijani students has increased in U.S. colleges and universities, Public Relations Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan Terry Davidson said at a news conference.
25 Number of Students from Uzbekistan Studying in U.S. Increases Dramatically
Date: Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

The number of students from Uzbekistan studying in U.S. colleges and universities increased 28 percent in the 2008/2009 academic year over the previous year, the greatest increase recorded among any of the nations of Central Asia, according to a report from the Institute of International Education (IIE).
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