Kazakhstan to host US education fair

By Ksenia Bondal

ALMATY -- The 2017 EducationUSA expo is set for October 13-15 in Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city.

This weekend's expo is part of a series held in Almaty, Shymkent and Astana. The event is organised by EducationUSA advising centres and the US embassy in Kazakhstan.

Twenty-four accredited US higher education institutions from 14 states will participate in the fair this year to present their language courses as well as their bachelor's, MA, MS and PhD programmes in more than 100 majors, officials from the EducationUSA advising centre told Caravanserai.

Donald F. Kilburg, public affairs officer at the US consulate in Almaty, will open the expo.

The fair is aimed at allowing students and parents to learn more about US higher education institutions, how to obtain a US student visa and other important information for short-term or full degree programmes in the United States.

According to a report from the Open Doors non-governmental organisation, 1,935 students from Kazakhstan studied in the United States for the 2015-16 academic year -- 464 of them were enrolled in graduate programmes and 58 percent of students were pursing undergraduate studies.

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