The American Connection Student community in Madurai gets an insight into learning opportunities in the USA.

Exchanging views at the debate.
Exchanging views at the debate.

As the Rotary Club Madurai West, RI District 3000, ­celebrated its golden jubilee on July 4, along with the American Independence Day, the region’s student and teaching community got an exposure to the educational opportunities available in the US.

The US Consulate in ­collaboration with the club and USIEF (The United States — India Educational ­Foundation) later hosted the ­‘Experience America’ from ­September 8–10.

We dream about going to the US to study. But Experience America has shown us the way to make this dream come true.

The students were told about the thousands of accredited ­colleges and universities, numerous ­programmes of study and ­flexibility to change their courses in the US, all this at affordable rates. ‘Experience ­America’ provided the student community of Madurai an insight into learning opportunities in the US.

Andie De Arment, ­Cultural Affairs Officer at the US ­Consulate, briefed students from ten schools and colleges about higher education in the US, visa procedures, Fulbright Fellowships. At an inter-­college debate, students exchanged views on the topic: ‘Freedom of expression: the hallmark of a true democracy.’

Andie De Arment, CAO - US Consulate with school students.
Andie De Arment, CAO – US Consulate with school students.

An English Language Teaching (ELT) workshop on ­Communicative Language Teaching Methods for teachers, innovative business idea competition for ­college students, a workshop on ­multi-­culturalism addressed by  Ben Ousley, Deputy Consul, US ­Consulate, and a web conference on combating gender-based violence were the highlights of the event. Students also offered a tribute to American author and poet Maya Angelou who passed away recently.

About the event, Priyanka, a final year student from Lady Doak College said, “We dream about going to the US to study. But Experience America has shown us the way to make this dream come true.”

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