U.S. Universities Expo 2015 – Auckland and Wellington

The world is filled with different perspectives, people, and experiences, and we cannot truly live in this world if we do not see it. An international education will open your eyes to others, and in turn to yourself.” – Sylvia from Auckland.

Following the success of the previous two years, this third annual U.S. Universities Expo expanded from one fair in Auckland to an additional fair in Wellington. As in the 2013 and 2014 expos, the Third Annual U.S. Universities Expo was a major success, with well over 2000 attendees in Wellington and Auckland, combined.

Ambassador Gilbert Opens Wellington Fair at St. James Theatre | Thursday, September 17, 2015. (photo credit: U.S. State Department).
Ambassador Gilbert Opens Wellington Fair at St. James Theatre | Thursday, September 17, 2015. (photo credit: U.S. State Department).

U.S. Universities Expo 2015 provided, for the first time, a compliance officer from a Big Ten University talked with students, parents, and coaches about sports scholarships and eligibility requirements. The Expo also provided access to admissions representatives from approximately 10 universities and access to former students and representatives from more than 20 universities. There were ongoing information sessions on “finding the right fit,” sports scholarships, financial assistance, and the Expo included Information on topics such as possible required entrance exams, annual tuition, and student life.

A great turnout at the U.S. University Expo in Auckland. (photo credit: U.S. State Department).
A great turnout at the U.S. University Expo in Auckland. (photo credit: U.S. State Department).

We were privileged to have the presence of the Ambassador of the U.S. Embassy Wellington, New Zealand, in attendance to share his thoughts on higher education and the value of a university experience overseas. Highlights from his remarks include: university is a great experience, but an international university experience opens doors and helps to build a broader understanding of the people and cultures of the world.

Ambassador Gilbert Providing Remarks on College and the College Experience. (Photo credit: U.S. State Department).
Ambassador Gilbert Providing Remarks on College and the College Experience. (Photo credit: U.S. State Department).

The 2015 U.S. Universities Expo offered an opportunity for students, parents, coaches, and other interested individuals to learn valuable information as they consider applying to and attending an American university. Throughout the Wellington and Auckland fairs, information sessions on Finding the Right Fit, Sports Scholarships, and Financial Assistance were held every half an hour.

New Zealand students were able to gain information from these sessions to answer such questions as:

  • Why do I want to study in the United States?
  • Where will I fit in best?
  • Which colleges or universities will meet my needs?
  • Will I need financial assistance?
  • What are the application and financial aid deadlines?
  • Where do I want to live in the United States?
Admissions Representatives from Yale and Indiana University Spoke About “Finding the Right Fit”. (photo credit: U.S. State Department).
Admissions Representatives from Yale and Indiana University Spoke About “Finding the Right Fit”. (photo credit: U.S. State Department).

For the very first time, a compliance officer from a Big Ten University was on hand to talk with students, parents, and coaches about sports scholarships and eligibility requirements.

Compliance Officer from Indiana University Spoke About Sports Scholarships. (photo credit: U.S. State Department).
Compliance Officer from Indiana University Spoke About Sports Scholarships. (photo credit: U.S. State Department).

Also represented were admissions representatives and alumni volunteers from over 20 American universities, including Indiana University, Fairleigh-Dickinson University, New York University, Foothill – De Anza Community Colleges, Savannah College of Art & Design, Yale University, University of Arizona, University of Missouri.

Admissions Representative from New York University. (photo credit: U.S. State Department).
Admissions Representative from New York University. (photo credit: U.S. State Department).
Admissions Representative From Indiana University. (photo credit: U.S. State Department).
Admissions Representative From Indiana University. (photo credit: U.S. State Department).

The spirit of competition among the different universities was clearly evident as admissions representatives and alumni volunteers suited up in their school colors and displayed their university memorabilia. Each individual was excited to share about their student experience and campus life. It was a great opportunity for New Zealand students, parents, and sports coaches to begin to visualize the potential reality of higher education in the U.S.

Alumni Volunteers Representing Northwestern. (photo credit: U.S. State Department).
Alumni Volunteers Representing Northwestern. (photo credit: U.S. State Department).

For more information about studying in the U.S., ask one of our EducationUSA Advisors. EducationUSA NZ provides unbiased, current and comprehensive information on educational opportunities in the U.S. The Center in Auckland offers general advising to prospective international students interested in higher education in the U.S. The Center’s education advisor can come to schools to talk about study in the U.S. and help school careers advisors with queries.  Our small resource library has a collection of reference materials for students.  The resources are free and available during office hours, by appointment only.

Connect with EducationUSA NZ on the website and on social media: facebook.com/educationusanz , and twitter.com/educationusanz.

View photos of both Uni Expo events on FlickR: The Wellington Uni Expo | The Auckland Uni Expo.