EducationUSA at the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) organized a three-day virtual Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) for students making final preparations toward a bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD degree in the United States. The interactive sessions coached students on campus life, academics, resources for international students, and adapting to new cultural experiences. This year, parents also joined the discussion to learn how they can contribute to students’ successful transition to university life in the United States.

“Studying in the United States will open a world of opportunities for Pakistani students,” noted Ray Castillo, the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy. “American universities are not only known for their academic excellence, but also for fostering professional and personal growth,” he added. “A US education also provides a global perspective, which is an essential skill for success in any career. Living and studying at a US university gives Pakistani students a clear advantage in our ever-connected world.”

With thousands of academic programs, world-class institutions, and unmatched flexibility, the United States offers a wealth of higher-education opportunities not found anywhere else in the world. For parents in particular, a US degree and educational experience can be a valuable investment in their child’s future.

“This year, our parent-student session addressed a myriad of queries that parents have about U.S. study abroad programs,” said USEFP Executive Director, Rita Akhtar. “Whether it’s selecting a school where students will thrive and reach their academic and long-term goals or adapting to new environments and experiences, the PDO serves as the first point of contact for Pakistani students and their families with the U.S. higher education system.”

The PDO is also considered the final step in EducationUSA’s ‘Your 5 Steps to US Study’ advising resource, which guides hundreds of Pakistani students each year through the application process for admission to colleges and universities in the United States. The orientation ceremony of EducationUSA brings together proud parents and school community members in celebration of their students’ success and hard work as they depart for U.S. campuses.

EducationUSA is your official source on US higher education and offers accurate, comprehensive, and current information on accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. It provides free guidance and assistance to students interested in applying to or learning about U.S. colleges and universities. In Pakistan, EducationUSA is hosted at USEFP, a bi-national commission established in 1950 by the Governments of Pakistan and the United States. USEFP also administers the prestigious Fulbright Student Program and several other scholarships and fellowships for Pakistani students interested in studying in the United States.

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