The United States (US) Embassy in Dhaka's EducationUSA team on Sunday prepared outbound Bangladeshi students – who will begin their studies at US colleges and universities during the Spring 2021 semester – through a virtual pre-departure orientation (PDO).
According to a press release issued by the US Embassy on Monday, US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Earl Miller congratulated the students at the PDO.
In his remarks, Miller encouraged students to have faith in themselves and to never hesitate to lean on others for support as they prepare to embark on this exciting adventure of: creative, academic, professional, and personal growth.
He also encouraged the students to build meaningful relationships to develop communities of support as they strive to overcome unforeseeable obstacles.
These students will attend various colleges and universities across the US after having successfully navigated a competitive admission process.
The programme consisted of presentations from several distinguished speakers that included representatives from the US Embassy Consular Section, EducationUSA, US university international admissions officials, current students, and the president of the American Alumni Association.
These speakers provided students with practical tips and diverse perspectives on the academic, cultural, and lifestyle differences students will navigate as they study in the US.
Moreover, the session noted how Covid-19 has created new challenges to learning and instruction.
The number of Bangladeshi students going to the US has tripled since 2009 and reached a new all-time high last year. The outbound students will join over 8,800 Bangladeshi students who were studying in the US during the last academic year.