DAVID REIMER
U.S. Ambassador to Mauritius and Seychelles

As we recognize International Education Week, I want to encourage Mauritian students to apply to one of the over 4,700 accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States. Graduates of U.S. universities have gone on to become leaders and innovators in many fields around the world, and I encourage young Mauritians to research and explore the opportunities offered through U.S. higher education.  Your lives will be changed forever by the dynamism, openness, and quality of campuses across the United States.

This week we celebrate the 311 Mauritians currently pursuing an educational program in the United States. The number has grown by 40% over the last five years.  In addition, the Mauritian students who started university in August or September of 2019 received over Rs 24,500,000 in financial aid.   There are study options at many price points, including community colleges and “2 plus 2” models that combine study at a community college and a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree.  Through scholarships and grants, a U.S. degree is closer than you might imagine.

I know that navigating the U.S. application process can be daunting.  Students must prepare for standardized tests, write admissions essays, and successfully complete the Common Application.  Families play an important and supportive role in this process. I encourage you to keep an open mind and think broadly about the diversity of educational opportunities and specialties offered by U.S. institutions.  Dozens of university admissions officers visit Mauritius each year and I hope both students and parents will meet with them to understand the world class programs they offer.  With over 4,700 accredited institutions, a school that might not have been your first choice has a way of turning out to be the perfect fit.

U.S. colleges and universities take pride in providing safe and welcoming environments. I want to stress how welcome you are in the United States.  Many universities have come together to send a specific message to students through the #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign (https://www.youarewelcomehereusa.org/). 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 of you considering studies in the United States, I encourage you to use the resources at EducationUSA (https://educationusa.state.gov/). The U.S. Embassy’s advising center stands ready to answer question about studying in the United States.  All services are free of charge, including introductory sessions on higher education, one-on-one appointments with the EducationUSA adviser, pre-departure briefings, and orientations for students who are departing for the United States.  Also, come talk with us in person at the EducationUSA table at the Campus Abroad Education Fair on November 22 and 23 at Hennessy Park Hotel, Ebene.

Over one million international students are now studying at higher education institutions in the United States, making it the top destination for students from around the world. This is a statement to the unrivalled quality of American higher education, the robust alumni communities associated with American universities, and the attraction of a life-long relationship with the United States. I certainly remember my college days fondly and keep up with my friends from then, even after more than twenty years.

American universities and communities benefit from the knowledge and talents of international students, which helps prepare all of us for shared, successful futures in an interconnected world.