U.S. Universities Expo 2016 – Auckland and Wellington

U.S. Universities Expo 2016 – Auckland and Wellington

By Education USA NZ staff.

Students, parents, coaches, and school personnel from across New Zealand met with visiting admissions representatives from American universities as part of the fourth annual U.S. Universities Expo, September 4-6, 2016. The touring university reps visited secondary schools, hosted information sessions, and participated in free public fairs in Auckland and Wellington. The program also allowed representatives to meet with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), Education New Zealand, and Study Auckland.

Audra Cryder from the University of Kentucky discusses financial assistance with families of prospective students. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
Audra Cryder from the University of Kentucky discusses financial assistance with families of prospective students. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

Visiting representatives were from the following universities:

One of this year’s highlights was participation from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Centre – the first international outreach of this kind by the organization. The NCAA is responsible for organizing and regulating the athletic programs of over 1,000 universities in the U.S.  They are here because, per capita, New Zealand is the second highest sender of student athletes to the United States (after Canada).

Ambassador Mark Gilbert poses with Rachel Salinas of Indiana University (left) and Ashley Thornburg of the NCAA Eligibility Center (right) after an information session. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
Ambassador Mark Gilbert poses with Rachel Salinas of Indiana University (left) and Ashley Thornburg of the NCAA Eligibility Center (right) after an information session. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

The total number of New Zealand students in America is up 26% over the last five years. Spanning all 50 states, New Zealand students are currently studying at over 400 institutions across America.

Ambassador Mark Gilbert said, “It’s a great opportunity. You can go to an outstanding school, you can learn about a new country, you can meet students from all around the world, and it allows you to learn things that you may not learn if you stay in New Zealand.”

The U.S. Embassy would like to thank American university alumni volunteers, Fulbright New Zealand, Sister Cities, International Exchange Programs (IEP), and NZQA for donating their time to assist prospect students throughout the program.

Samuel Dunlop from Portland State University talks to a prospective student in Wellington. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
Samuel Dunlop from Portland State University talks to a prospective student in Wellington. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

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 two New Zealand centers—one at the U.S. Embassy in Wellington and one at the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland—offer advising to prospective international students interested in higher education in the United States. Our education advisors can come to schools to talk about study in America and help school careers advisors with queries.

A family from Auckland gathers around to listen to two alumni volunteers talk about student life in America. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
A family from Auckland gathers around to listen to two alumni volunteers talk about student life in America. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

Our advisors are also available by phone and email. To reach our Wellington-based advisor, please send your queries to educationusawlg@state.gov. To reach our Auckland-based advisor, please send your queries to educationusanz@state.gov, or read more about us on our Education USA NZ page.

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Photos from the Wellington and Auckland Universities Expo.