The U.S. Educational Foundation in Lahore Pakistan

Lahore, Pakistan

Adviser Name(s):Rukhsana Monnoo
Rafaya Sufi
Asma Bajwa
Phone: 92-42-35762467 92-42-35762538
Center Hours:Monday - Tuesday:  09:00 - 17:00
 Wednesday:  09:00 - 19:00
 Thursday - Friday:  09:00 - 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. there are additional EducationUSA 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 EducationUSA at 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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To celebrate IEW, students partake in a painting competition titled, "The Importance of Education."

Advising Center Services

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

Higher Education Fairs

1 Organizer: The Dawn Education Expo
Dates: 2014-01-22
Anticipated Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate students
For More Information: LHRadvisers@usefpakistan.org
2 Organizer: The EducationUSA South Asia Fair
Dates: 2014-04-04
Anticipated Audience: Undergraduate students.
For More Information: LHRadvisers@usefpakistan.org
3 Organizer: The Jang News Education Expo
Dates: 2014-06-16
Anticipated Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate students
For More Information: LHRadvisers@usefpakistan.org

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.

Representatives from USEFP’s team of EducationUSA Advisers, Fulbright Program Officers, and Prometric Testing Center staff members were on hand along with representatives from the U.S. Embassy and local Consulates to tackle a wide range of student concerns and questions. Conversations centered around opportunities for U.S. admission, the application process, Fulbright scholarships, visas, and required standardized tests.

Consular officers Francesca Lichauco and Angela Allen from the Non-Immigrant Visa section in the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad were also available to answer questions about the F-1 student visa application process.

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.

CampUSA Lahore

EducationUSA Lahore designed a month-long Camp for prospective undergraduate students from June 17 to July 10. Twenty-four students enrolled in the Camp, of which 5 students are potential Opportunity Fund students. Students were selected based on merit and interest, and were trained each week on the US application cycle.
Topics covered in the camp included college essay writing, the importance of extracurricular activities, scholarships and financial aid, the CommonApp, volunteer work, the American classroom, and much more. Each day the camp covered a different topic, but there were also team-building activities such as Tug of War and Tower Building so as to include fun-based learning as well. Throughout the Camp, students had a chance to meet some very influential and successful US Alumni.
Additionally, as part of their summer camp activities EducationUSA-Lahore took the students to SOS Village, an orphanage, to show them a documentary and brief them on what responsibilities volunteering entails. Throughout the Camp, students learned that winning was not based on physical ability but strategy and technique.
Moreover, because students from Public and Private schools registered to attend the Camp, they formed friendships beyond their own schools and have since begun to study the SAT and ACT utilizing the EducationUSA Lahore library. The same students will be considered to join the Competitive College Club in the Fall, which will mean that they are many steps ahead in preparing for the application cycle.

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.

Back to School Web Chat Significantly Increases Social Media Statistics

The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) and EducationUSA Pakistan with centers in Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi, in collaboration with US Consulate Lahore officers organized and participated in the Back to School webchat with students using the USEFP facebook platform. This was designed for the students in Lahore who did not have the opportunity to attend the Back to School Alumni Fairs. The chat was set up so that Consular Officers and EducationUSA Advisers responded to student concerns regarding U.S. higher education. Students asked several related questions on college/university selection, visas, scholarship and financial aid opportunities, USEFP-administered degree and non-degree fellowships and programs, and USG programs.
According to Facebook statistics, the Back to School Chat reached approximately 3,000 unique visits, with almost 300 questions answered. Another 800 visitors clicked on the posts to read the answers that students had posted. The numbers are staggering because the USEFP facebook page gained 300 'likes' and the following morning, over 150 new students registered for EducationUSA Lahore's advising services. Most students asked well-informed and well thought out questions regarding scholarships, GPA requirements, life on U.S. campuses, and visa requirements. Plenty of students also reached out to EducationUSA advisers to inquire about studying with disabilities and the possibility of obtaining a U.S. degree.

EducationUSA Pakistan Hosts Webinars for Prospective Students

As part of an on-going series of virtual events, EducationUSA Pakistan co-hosted webinars with New York University and Whitworth University in September, 2014- using the Watchitoo platform. The webinar with New York University held on September 3, 2014 covered ‘How to Write a Winning College Essay’ and was advertised to the region through the REAC List Serve. The webinar proved to be a success because 140 students from Pakistan, India, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka attended the online session. There were 240 unique visits and 245 related questions were asked. The webinar with Whitworth University on ‘Financial Aid for International Students’ held on reached out to an audience of over 135 students from across Pakistan who asked over 200 questions in a short span of 1.5 hours.
If you would like to represent your institution and co-host webinars with EducationUSA Pakistan, please contact Mr. Umair Khan, Country Coordinator-EducationUSA Pakistan at umair@usefpakistan.org

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.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events are currently scheduled.

Special Programs

Name of program: Opportunity
Contact: Rukhsana Monnoo rukhsana@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.

Scheduled Pre-Departure Orientations

No pre-departure orientations are currently scheduled.

Country-based Financial Aid Opportunities

No Financial Aid Opportunities at this time.