During a Facebook Live broadcast Thursday afternoon, EducationUSA Branch Chief Fred Boll discussed the message he wants the United States to send to students across the globe.
“The State Department and EducationUSA are focused on sending a clear and positive message to students all around the world that you are welcome in the United States. We want all qualified students to come study in the United States. We have an unparalleled diversity of institutions, opportunities…There are experiences students will have here that they will simply not get anywhere else,” Boll said.
He stressed that recruiting these students is not a one-size-fits-all approach. But one of the most important things everyone can do is make international students feel welcome.
“What I always say is what a student gets in the United States is that kind of personal attention and a real investment in themselves. They’re not just numbers. Institutions are focused on their success – their personal success and their professional success. That is something that is very special,” Boll said. “And students around the world, they know that. We know that they want to come to the United States and we are focused on projecting a message of welcome.”
Ashley Dobson is NACAC’s communications manager for content and social media. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.