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The U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan, Islamabad

Islamabad, Pakistan

Adviser Name(s):Educational Adviser
Email:advising@usefpakistan.org
Phone: 92-51-8431300 | Fax: 92-51-8431555
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1128 Islamabad
Center Hours:Monday - Friday:  08:30 - 17:00
 Saturday - Sunday:  Closed

Center Website: www.usefpakistan.org

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Center Description: USEFP operates three comprehensive EducationUSA advising centers in Pakistan, located in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. EducationUSA at USEFP has additional advising outreach centers at Mehran University in Jamshoro, Sindh serving a student population of about 40,000.
EducationUSA advisers provide accurate, comprehensive and current information to students who are interested in pursuing higher education in the U.S. Advisers host group advising sessions on college admissions for potential graduate and undergraduate students, as well as workshops on financial aid, writing the college application essays and, for teachers, on writing effective letters of recommendation. In the summer, the centers host pre-departure orientations for students accepted at U.S. universities.
In addition to providing guidance to students in the centers, EdUSA advisers reach prospective student audiences through fairs and outreach events at local schools, universities, and other public venues. Extending outreach beyond personal interaction, the network reaches millions of students through websites, webinars, and social media platforms. Explaining the incredibly diverse U.S. higher education landscape and decentralized admission process for all accredited U.S. institutions is a monumental task. EducationUSA has simplified the path a prospective international student takes to reach his/her goal of studying in the United States with "Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study": (1) Research Your Options, (2) Finance Your Studies , (3) Complete Your Application, (4) Apply for Your Student Visa, and (5) Prepare for Your Departure.
The centers also produce a quarterly newsletter. To get on USEFP’s mailing list or to inquire about our services, email us at advising@usefpakistan.org or call us at +(92-51) 8431-300.

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Advising Center Services

Cost Service
Free One-on-one advising
Free Advising by appointment
Free Regularly scheduled introductory presentations / sessions
Free Computer / internet access/use
Free Library hours
Fee Test preparation courses
Fee Credential attestation
 

Higher Education Fairs

1 Organizer: DAWN NATIONAL EDUCATION EXPO
Dates: 2014-02-09
Anticipated Audience: 13,000
For More Information: advisers@usefpakistan.org
 
2 Organizer: THE NEWS NATIONAL EDUCATION EXPO
Dates: 2014-06-13
Anticipated Audience: 10,000
For More Information: advisers@usefpakistan.org
 
3 Organizer: 'BACK TO SCHOOL' ALUMNI FAIRS
Dates: 2013-08-09
Anticipated Audience: 5,000
For More Information: advisers@usefpakistan.org
 
4 Organizer: SOUTH ASIA TOUR FALL RECRUITMENT TOUR & EDUCATION FAIRS
Dates: 2013-08-09
Anticipated Audience: 1,000
For More Information: advisers@usefpakistan.org
 
5 Organizer:
Dates: 2013-08-09
Anticipated Audience:
For More Information:
 

Program Highlights

Dawn Expo 2014

January 19-26: Easily our biggest event of the quarter was the Dawn Educational Expo, an education fair that spanned all three of the major cities in Pakistan. This year’s expo drew a vast audience of over 10,500 students, teachers and parents interested in learning about education in the United States. The Expo provided an excellent opportunity to promote EducationUSA advising services on a large scale in Pakistan.


School Counselors’ Networking Sessions

Much of our work at USEFP relies on the support we receive from our colleagues working as counselors in schools. Counselors are the key to understanding students’ needs and getting feedback on our services. With this in mind, EducationUSA Pakistan at USEFP hosts a counselor’s networking event every quarter in each of its offices.
These events not only give counselors a platform to make specific requests for their schools but, moving forward will also prove essential in scheduling regular advising hours and outreaches throughout the year.


EducationUSA Pakistan Successfully Launches the Summer Internship Program

EducationUSA advisers conducted summer internship programs in Islamabad, Lahore & Karachi from mid June through mid July. Pakistani students currently pursuing a four year degree in the U.S. were hired as interns for four weeks in each city. These students were a delightful and energetic addition and were able to provide administrative and programmatic support to EducationUSA advisers. This was an unpaid position- the key responsibilities of which were working with advisers to ensure the success CampUSA and Pre-Departure Orientations. Other responsibilities included cataloguing the library, assisting in reorganizing the office database, and working with students on college search and other related activities. The interns had an enriching experience and were able to demonstrate communication and leadership skills through participation in EducationUSA events and public speaking. Each intern also received an EducationUSA certificate and recommendation letter upon successfully completing the internship.


EducationUSA Pakistan Helps Over 100 Students Depart for Higher Education in the U.S. this Summer

EducationUSA Pakistan in collaboration with USEFP organized pre-departure orientations for independent applicants to U.S. colleges and universities in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi in July 2014. The events covered port of entry procedure, health concerns, money matters, insurance & housing, the American classroom, American culture & culture shock. The orientations included map activities where students were asked to place their name tags on the U.S states that they were going to. While congratulating the students, USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar said, “The USEFP is pleased to be able to help talented Pakistani students like you, achieve admission to US colleges and universities. US colleges and universities welcome Pakistani students as they add to the already-rich diversity in the classroom.” All events were promoted on social media platforms encouraging outbound students to keep in touch with each other and with local alum to develop peer support structures while in the United States. This year’s events focused less on “presentation time” and more on tips and personal anecdotes from U.S. alum. Guest speakers also covered aspects of career counseling for attendees as many students were still in awe of the U.S. concept of student empowerment through “free electives” and flexibility within desired fields of study – a hallmark of U.S. higher education systems.


South Asia Fall Tour 2014

EducationUSA Pakistan in collaboration with United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), will be hosting the fifth annual ‘South Asia Tour’ visit to the country in four years. As part of this year’s tour, seven senior U.S. admissions and recruitment representatives from Valparaiso University, Hiram College, New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), University of Northern of Iowa (UNI), Saint Peter’s University and Fairfield University will be visiting Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, and Islamabad to interact with Pakistani students and institutions interested in higher education opportunities in the United States.
For the U.S. representatives, the tour will provide an excellent platform to promote their programs to interested audiences in the country. School visits and general fairs have been organized in cities across Pakistan. In addition to meeting thousands of prospective students, the university representatives will also be able to interact with numerous local institutional representatives in each city including guidance counselors, headmasters, faculty, principals, and other administrative contacts.
The previous South Asia Tour held in March 2014 reached out to over 2400 students, parents and counselors through thirteen high school visits, seven Pakistani university visits and three college fairs across Pakistan.
If you are a U.S. admissions and recruitment representative and would like to be a part of South Asia Tour 2015, please contact Mr. Umair Khan, Country Coordinator-EducationUSA Pakistan at umair@usefpakistan.org


EducationUSA Pakistan Alumni Network

EducationUSA Pakistan is looking to establish a networking forum for college and university alumni. This network will be crucial in linking alumni across industries and generations. All Alumni Network members must have studied in the U.S. independent of USEFP and U.S. Embassy funded programs, and must have attended a 4-year college, Master’s or PhD program.
Please nominate a chapter or alum here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jxyD2UVOsNwlcSIG7mU_b-_p7Bqdch7wGSTggM_AxME/viewform


CampUSA Islamabad

EducationUSA Advisers organized a month long summer camp in Islamabad from June 17 to July 9, 2014 for high school students who intend to apply to college in the United States. The camp was designed to prepare them for the application process and introduce them to important aspects of the U.S. culture and college education. As such, a variety of academic, cultural, and non-academic activities were planned. A total of 14 students attended the camp in Islamabad. The student’s work included sessions on each of the 5 Steps and other relevant admissions activities. In addition to academic work, the students participated in a number of cultural activities such as watching the cult hit, ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, playing Jeopardy and going bowling. They also took part in activities arranged for fun such as Yoga and charades. A particularly successful event was a social work activity to Mashal School System, a charity school in rural Islamabad for students from low-income and internally displaced families. The camp ended with a closing ceremony and dinner where all participants were rewarded for their hard work with prizes. All students with at least 90% attendance were also given certificates.


EducationUSA Islamabad Celebrates International Literacy Day

EducationUSA hosted its first ever Dramatic Reading Contest to celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8th at USEFP, Islamabad. The event was open to public and drew in over 70 participants of a mixed age group, ranging from preteens to retired officials with a passion for literature and drama. It was judged by members of the editorial teams from popular local blogs, The Missing Slate and Desi Writers’ Lounge. The grand prize winner performed a reading of Beyonce’s ‘All the Single Ladies’ (http://on.fb.me/1uyHihu), and received an Amazon Kindle. Second, third and fourth place winners performed ‘Allah ka Shukar Hai’ (We’re Blessed with God’s Grace), an Urdu essay by Saadat Hassan Manto, ‘Be Prepared’ from The Lion King, and Al Pacino’s famous speech from ‘Scent of a Woman’. The contest was advertised on various literary platforms, which proved instrumental in attracting a diverse audience that is typically not affiliated with EducationUSA thereby making this contest a great way to advertise EducationUSA’s mission and its free advising services. The event was a success and was written about on Desi Writers’ Lounge blog (http://bit.ly/1pcGKsl) and will also be featured in a local cultural magazine called Youlin.


EducationUSA Promotes NeXXt Scholars Program

EducationUSA organized a panel discussion on STEM Opportunities for Women for local high school female students on September 17, 2014. The panel was represented by female U.S. Embassy representatives who have an elaborate STEM related educational and career background. NeXXt Scholars program was the highlight of the event, through which students were informed about the opportunity to receive professional development and career advancing support while pursuing undergraduate degree programs at one of the 37 U.S. women’s colleges. Students were inspired by the career paths of panel members and asked queries about application process and requirements for enrollment in the NeXXt Scholars Program.


Back to School Fair 2014

Education USA in collaboration with The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) organized the annual “Back to School” fairs 2014 in Islamabad and Karachi in the month of September to provide Pakistani students an opportunity to meet alumni from over 45 U.S. colleges and universities. Staff of the U.S. embassy, F-1 Alumni and Fulbright Alumni volunteered to represent their colleges and universities, and answered students’ questions about studying in the United States, including the application process, campus life and student visa applications. EducationUSA advisers were also on hand to answer questions and provide advice to prospective students and their parents.
Speaking on the occasion, US Embassy’s Cultural Attache‚ Judith Ravin, said “With Pakistani students in the United States we also enhance the diversity of our campuses.” USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar said, “For some students, financial aid and scholarship options are available to make a US education especially affordable”.
The Back to School Fair was a huge success, catering to over 1850 students compared to the 1100 students last year. The audience comprised of a great mix of students and their parents from 48 different cities, which is extremely rare. EducationUSA advisers were at hand to register students on the spot for free educational advising services. The event also proved to be a networking platform for the volunteers representing their alma maters, as they were a mix of Fulbright alumni, F-1 alumni and U.S. embassy staff.
The fair received massive press and media coverage, the reports of which can be found on the following links: Express Tribune: http://bit.ly/ZAYvfS , The Nation: http://bit.ly/1uY6SNg , The News Tribe: http://bit.ly/1ocbnin


Power, Authority, and the Individual: A Class on Active Citizenship for Pakistani High School Students

What should authority exist for, and what is the function of the individual in society? Students recently had the chance to discuss this and other questions as part of a political theory and civics class taught at EducationUSA Islamabad.
The 8 week college class was structured along the lines of a U.S. college seminar, and aimed to equip students with the thinking and practical skills necessary to be engaged and effective citizens. Twice a week, students would read an assigned book and discuss themes related to government and citizenship. Discussions included whether Daru had the power to change his circumstances, to what extent the wizarding world in Harry Potter is a Machiavellian society, whether Iqbal’s thoughts on rationalism and religion were accurate, and how modern state institutions are complicit in oppressing citizens.
The closing ceremony, called Civics Day, featured a presentation of their civics project, speeches about their time in class, and certificate distribution. This was a good way to show the parents, school counselors and members of civil society in attendance, the many ways EducationUSA is invested in Pakistani students' education.
Many of these students are now working with EducationUSA advisers on their U.S. college applications, one of whom is a potential opportunity fund student. The class also prepared students well for the responsibility and quality of work that a U.S. college would expect of them.


EducationUSA Islamabad initiates MOOC Launch Series

As part of the State Department’s ‘MOOC Camp’ initiative, EducationUSA Islamabad facilitated a discussion on ‘Creative Problem Solving’, a MOOC offered by The University of Minnesota. Ms. Rita Akhtar, Executive Director USEFP said, “Introducing MOOCs through interactive seminars are key to the success of the MOOC program and will help fulfill part of a broader mission of promoting U.S. education.” This was the first of many discussions planned by EducationUSA Pakistan, which are scheduled according to the starting dates of MOOCs ranging from ‘College Writing 2x’ offered by UC Berkley to ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ offered by University of Pennsylvania. Labeled as the ‘MOOC Launch Series’, this program aims to introduce free online courses from accredited institutions, so that students from diverse educational backgrounds get the opportunity to experience the U.S. education system. ‘Creative Problem Solving’ is a seven-week university-level course that is free of cost, is available on the Coursera platform and offers a verified certificate upon successful completion. Those who complete it will also gain expertise on divergent thinking, the ability to develop multiple ideas and concepts to solve problems – skills that are critical in any field.


Upcoming Events

No upcoming events are currently scheduled.
 

Special Programs

Name of program: Opportunity
Deadline: rolling admissions, but advising the Opportunity group begins in September
Contact: Umair Khan - umair@usefpakistan.org
Brief description of the award, application process:
Opportunity funds, available through EducationUSA advising centers in many countries, support exceptionally well-qualified students of limited financial means with the up-front costs of applying to undergraduate or graduate degree programs at accredited U.S. colleges and universities. Opportunity funds may be used to pay the costs of test preparation and fees, visa and application fees, transportation costs, books, and settling-in allowances.

Name of program: NeXXt
Deadline:
Contact: Umair Khan - umair@usefpakistan.org
Brief description of the award, application process:
The NeXXt Scholars Initiative seeks to engage and advance more young women from around the world in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by preparing them to be the next generation of leaders in science, engineering, and innovation. This partnership with 37 U.S. women's colleges expands opportunities for young women from Muslim-majority countries to obtain a world-class undergraduate STEM education in the United States in an empowering and comfortable environment alongside American women students. The NeXXt Scholars Initiative provides partnership, mentorship, and networking support for these International NeXXt Scholars and their college-nominated American STEM-Sisters, laying a solid STEM foundation and providing pathways to future research collaborations and economic empowerment.

Scheduled Pre-Departure Orientations

No pre-departure orientations are currently scheduled.
 

Country-based Financial Aid Opportunities

Name of program: Fulbright
Deadline: 2013-05-22
Country: Pakistan
Level of Study: Masters, Doctoral
Majors Eligible: All except clinical medicine
Max amount of award:
Duration of Award: One Year, Two-Years, Four Years
Website: www.usefpakistan.org
Email: info@usefpakistan.org
Contact:
Brief description of the award, application process:

The Fulbright Masters and PhD Program funds graduate study in the United States for a Master's or Ph.D. degree . Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), these grants
cover tuition, required textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance. USEFP also assists with the visa process.



Name of program: UGRAD
Deadline: 2013-11-28
Country: Pakistan
Level of Study: Bachelors
Majors Eligible: All
Max amount of award:
Duration of Award: One Semester, One Year
Website: www.usefpakistan.org
Email: undergraduate@usefpakistan.org
Contact:
Brief description of the award, application process:

The Global UGRAD program is designed to award undergraduate Pakistani students enrolled at a university in Pakistan. The Global UGRAD-Pakistan program offers cultural/academic exchange through a non
degree program for a semester at a university in the U.S. Applicants of this program are required to be in either their 13th, 14th or 15th year of formal education. Students enrolled in either, a four
year bachelor's program or a two year bachelor's programs are eligible to apply



Name of program: Professional Partnership Program for Journalists
Deadline: 2014-03-27
Country: Pakistan
Level of Study: Bachelors, Masters
Majors Eligible: Journalism professionals
Max amount of award:
Duration of Award: One Semester
Website: www.usefpakistan.org
Email: journalism@usefpakistan.org
Contact:
Brief description of the award, application process:

The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan invites journalists to apply for the U.S - Pakistan Professional Partnership Program. This program involves journalists from both countries working
together and building real professional relationships, as well as the opportunity to learn about media reporting in each other's countries. This program will provide approximately 110-140 participants
from Pakistan the opportunity to study and take an active part in journalism as practiced in the U



Name of program: Professional Partnership Program for Public Administration
Deadline:
Country: Pakistan
Level of Study:
Majors Eligible: Currently hold a position as a non-elected public administration professional at the local (preferred), provincial or federal level
Max amount of award:
Duration of Award: One Semester
Website: www.usefpakistan.org
Email: info@usefpakistan.org
Contact:
Brief description of the award, application process:

This program will provide up to 75 participants the opportunity to study public administration techniques and processes through two to four week internships with Public Administration professionals in
the U.S. over the period of two years in five groups of fifteen. The program is tentatively advertised in Jan-Feb.



Name of program: Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship
Deadline:
Country: Pakistan
Level of Study: Masters
Majors Eligible: All
Max amount of award:
Duration of Award: One Year
Website: www.usefpakistan.org
Email: humphrey@usefpakistan.org
Contact:
Brief description of the award, application process:

Successful applicants must be committed to serving Pakistan. They must be Pakistani citizens with a minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional/work experience, coupled with a
Master's degree and a guarantee of re-employment upon return to Pakistan. Applicants must possess a high level of fluency in spoken and written English. Successful candidates should be poised to
assume leadership positions in their field.



Name of program: Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA)
Deadline:
Country: Pakistan
Level of Study:
Majors Eligible: Must be an English language teacher at college or university level OR have some training to become an English language teacher.
Max amount of award:
Duration of Award: One Year
Website: www.usefpakistan.org
Email: info@usefpakistan.org
Contact:
Brief description of the award, application process:

The FLTA Program is a nine-month, U.S. Department of State funded, non-degree program that provides young teachers of English an opportunity to refine their teaching skills, increase their English
language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the society and culture of the United States, while teaching their native language to U.S. students and strengthening foreign language instruction at
U.S. colleges and universities. Fulbright FLTA participants also interact with their host communities



Name of program: Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)
Deadline:
Country: Pakistan
Level of Study: Masters
Majors Eligible: Government school teachers of grades 8 to 10
Max amount of award:
Duration of Award: One Year
Website: www.usefpakistan.org
Email: tea@usefpakistan.org
Contact:
Brief description of the award, application process:

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) for Pakistan will provide Pakistani teachers from government schools with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas,
enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge of the United States. This program is designed to enhance teachers' expertise in their teaching discipline and equip them with a deeper
understanding of best practices in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, and the use of technology in teach



Name of program: Community College Initiative (CCI)
Deadline:
Country: Pakistan
Level of Study:
Majors Eligible: All
Max amount of award:
Duration of Award: One Year
Website: www.usefpakistan.org
Email: ccid@usefpakistan.org
Contact:
Brief description of the award, application process:

The Community College Initiative Program is designed to support Pakistani young professionals at accredited U.S. community colleges for one year of non-degree study. Programs are being offered in the
following fields: Agriculture, Applied Engineering, Business Management and Administration, Media, Tourism and Hospitality Management and Early Childhood Education. The applicants must be resident in
Pakistan, currently employed in one of the fields listed above, have 14-15 years of education (2-yea



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