Chennai, June 12: On June 12, the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai joined the rest of U.S. Mission India to mark the fifth annual Student Visa Day. This yearly event celebrates higher education ties between the United States and India and helps qualified Indian students prepare for study in the United States by connecting them with EducationUSA for pre-departure information.
The five Mission India consular sections devoted June 12 to interviewing more than 4,000 student applicants, demonstrating our commitment to Indian students interested in studying in the United States. Consulate General Chennai welcomed nearly 1,000 students for visa interviews and afterward select South Indian students and their parents joined a celebration at the American Center in Chennai, where U.S. Consul General Robert Burgess presented them with student visas.
“I congratulate the students and parents who have taken this life-changing step to pursue higher education in the United States. I warmly welcome you to the campuses of our 4,700 accredited academic institutions, whose communities are enriched by diverse student bodies, and whose many and varied educational programs offer academic rigor, fulfilling experiences, and lifelong friendships,” said Consul General Burgess.
In conjunction with the celebration of Student Visa Day across India, the U.S. Embassy and United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) launched the EducationUSA India mobile application on both iOS and Android platforms to provide Indian students current, comprehensive, and accurate information on studying in the United States. EducationUSA is a U.S. government program and is the official source of information on U.S. higher education. Please visit www.educationusa.state.gov for more information.
This free app is the first point of information for students, parents, school counselors, and others who want to know about U.S. higher education but don’t know where to begin. The app, which is easy to download, links to other EducationUSA resources.
Here are the download links for Android and iOS –
Student Visa Facts (Source: Open Doors Report 2018): http://bit.ly/OpenDoorsIndia
- There are currently over 196,000 Indian students studying in the United States – more than at any time in our nation’s history.
- Indian students studying in the United States represent the second-largest foreign nationality studying in the United States (17.9 percent of all international students).
- There more than 4,700 accredited colleges and Universities in the U.S., with varied tuition and fee structures.
- We strongly encourage students to work with one of our seven EducationUSA advising centers across India when exploring educational opportunities in the United States. educationusa.state.gov
Photo Caption: Consul General Robert Burgess seen with the students, who received their visas to pursue higher education in the United States, at a function held at the American Center in Chennai on Wednesday (June 12).