Study in the U.S.

By John McIntyre, Chargé d’Affaires U.S. Embassy to Trinidad and Tobago

Studying in the U.S. is a great opportunity for students from Trinidad and Tobago to expand their professional and personal horizons.  A great number of business, political, cultural, and educational leaders of Trinidad and Tobago have studied in the U.S.  And every year local students set off for U.S. colleges and universities ready for success.

I want to congratulate all students in Trinidad and Tobago who have received offers of admission from one of the over 4,500 accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States.  American colleges and universities welcome you, as do the American people and communities throughout our country. You should be proud of the invitation to join this special and select group of young people whose lives will be changed forever by the dynamism, openness, and quality of campuses across the United States.

I personally encourage those of you who have received offers of admission to accept this life-changing opportunity and join your peers in experiencing the unique value of an American higher education.

Offers of admission are the product of much careful thought and hard work, both by the students who apply and by American universities that conduct a rigorous review of these applications.  We recognize the energy and creativity you poured into essays about your dreams and ideas, the hard work it took to prepare for examinations, and the commitments you fulfilled to community service and extra-curricular interests.

Over one million international students are now in U.S. higher education institutions, maintaining the United States’ long-standing position as the world’s top host nation for international students.  This is a testament to the unmatched quality of American higher education in the eyes of international students and their families.

International students from diverse backgrounds strengthen ties between the United States and countries around the world, developing the relationships between people and communities that are necessary to solve global challenges.  We value inclusion, and actively support students from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and geographic backgrounds on campuses across the United States.  Colleges and universities across the United States value international students for the unique and diverse perspectives you provide both in and out of classrooms.  American students and communities benefit from the unique opportunity interaction brings to expand their own world views, which helps prepare all of us for shared, successful futures in an interconnected world.

U.S. colleges and universities take pride in providing safe, welcoming environments for all their students, and I want to stress how welcome you are in the United States.  Many universities have come together to send a specific and direct message to students around the world through the #YouAreWelcomeHere Campaign.  I join them in welcoming you to the United States, where our colleges and universities offer valuable educational opportunities to help you meet your life and career goals.

For those considering study in the U.S. the Embassy offers a variety of programs and services.  Our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ttusa/) provides regular updates on scholarship opportunities and other useful tips.  Our College Fair, held in partnership with the Canadian High Commission, will take this year on October 28 and 29 at the Hyatt in Port of Spain.  And our website has information on Fulbright scholarships and other educational and exchange opportunities.

Our Consular officials work diligently to process student visa requests, and information about the visa process is available at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html or https://tt.usembassy.gov/

EducationUSA advisers stand ready to answer questions about studying in the United States.  You can find an adviser at educationusa.state.gov or visit our Information Resource Center at Briar Place, Sweet Briar Road, Port of Spain on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday from 1:00-3:00 p.m.