Hyderabad: More than 6,000 students from across India attended the EducationUSA Graduate Virtual Fair with 32% of all attendees from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Odisha.

More than one hundred U.S. higher education institutions participated in the Virtual Fair. The annual university fair was held virtually on August 27.

Thousands of students from four countries across South and Central Asia attended the fair.

The fair, designed for students interested in pursuing their graduate studies in the United States, delivered expert information about educational options at the Master's and Ph.D. levels in the United States.

More than 6,000 students from across India attended the EducationUSA Graduate Virtual Fair. Of whom 1,962 students were from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Odisha.

There was a 44% increase in the number of attendees from the three states at the 2021 Graduate Virtual Fair compared to last year, indicating an increased interest among students from the region in pursuing their higher education in the United States. The top city in India, with the highest number of registrations and attendees at the fair, was Hyderabad.

"The United States continues to attract international students from across the globe, including Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha," said Joel Reifman, the U.S. Consul General in Hyderabad. "Students who attended the EducationUSA Graduate Virtual Fair obtained valuable information to help them explore higher education opportunities in the United States."

The virtual fair allowed students to explore various university and college booths from the comfort of their homes and converse with representatives from participating institutions. Students were able to download university information brochures at the booths.

The participating universities offered a range of specializations and programs at the graduate level.

Testing agencies ETS and Pearson also participated in the fair to inform students about TOEFL, GRE, and PTE tests. EducationUSA Advisers and a Visa Officer from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi were available at the EducationUSA India booth to respond to student queries related to the U.S. university application and student visa process.

The EducationUSA India booth also hosted a recorded session on U.S. student visas by a visa officer at the U.S. Embassy and EducationUSA handouts on U.S. university admission/application processes. Participating institutions at the fair included Colorado State University, Florida International University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, the University of Vermont, Central Michigan University, and Pittsburgh State University.

Currently, India is the 2nd largest country of origin of international students in the United States, with around 18% of international students in the country from India. These students are pursuing courses or undergoing practical training through one of the more than 4,700 universities and colleges in the United States.

The EducationUSA undergraduate virtual fair will be held on September 3 for students interested in pursuing their Associate or Bachelor's degrees in the United States. One hundred U.S. colleges and universities will virtually participate in this fair. Students may register for the fair at https://bit.ly/UGEdUSAFair21EmbWeb to meet EducationUSA Advisers and U.S. university representatives.

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