International Contingent Visits NOVA to Learn About Community College

NOVA’s Office of International Education and Sponsored Programs (OIESP) hosted a group of 35 high school students, their counselor and four adult chaperones from Ayeyarwaddy International School in Myanmar. The students are Myanmar nationals who attend an American-run school, and many hope to come to the United States for college. The students had an opportunity to hear from Dr. Syedur Rahman, associate vice president of OIESP. They also had an opportunity to hear about NOVA through a tour led by Annandale Campus Student Ambassadors Ida, a NOVA student from Ethiopia, and Lev, a student from Ukraine.

While in our region, the students had the opportunity to visit NOVA, Georgetown University and University of Maryland. They also had the opportunity to tour Washington, D.C. and visit New York City and Six Flags amusement park.

NOVA has hosted six international groups since February, which include students who may have interest in studying at NOVA, and government officials and international college administrators who wish to learn more about NOVA and the two-year community college model. Several more visits are on the docket, including a group from Australia, the United Kingdom and a group of visiting Fulbright Scholars. NOVA has 1,300 international students from 126 countries and has a worldwide reputation for the excellence in education it provides and the uniqueness of the two-year community college model, which offers transfer opportunities for many students or entry directly into the workforce for others.

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