- Motivate, educate and train Vietnamese students, especially economically disadvantaged ones, to become competitive for admission and scholarship at U.S. education institutions
- Strengthen long-term ties between local and overseas students, all of whom will be future leaders of Vietnam in academia, business, and public affairs
- Increase knowledge and understanding on international education issues facing Vietnamese students
- Prepare recently accepted students to obtain a U.S. visa and to succeed academically and socially at U.S. schools
Our target audience is the youth market (15-22), which represents Vietnam’s future leaders. Out of almost 1000 applicants each year, we select 250 applicants with strongest academic qualifications, leadership ability, and dedication to the search for educational opportunities abroad and invite them to our panel discussions and workshops. Other students and parents can attend our college fair, which accommodates up to 1500 interested students and parents every year. Our conference participants come from many cities and provinces across Vietnam, and are diverse in socio-economic background.
VietAbroader Study Abroad Conference (VAC) has become the trademark conference for VietAbroader, and a trusted venue for information on studying abroad for local students and parents. The U.S. Ambassador, the U.S. Consul General to Vietnam, and other officials from the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General regularly attend our conferences to lend their endorsement and support. Our past two conferences have witnessed a huge increase in sponsorship from both private companies and educational institutes in and outside Vietnam. VAC has also consistently received strong interest from Vietnamese media: We have been featured on many prestigious Vietnamese newspapers, including Thanh Nien, Tuoi Tre, and VnExpress.
The most significant mark of achievement for VietAbroader Study Abroad Conference, however, is the number of students that it has helped to find educational opportunities abroad and funding for their education. The figures below were collected in 2009 to measure the impact of our 2008 conference:
• 78% of participants say they have applied or will apply to U.S. colleges and high schools
• 76% of participants say VA Conference 2008 experience was helpful for their application process
• 65% of VA Conference 2008’s 2013 candidates got accepted into one of their top three choices schools
• Partial list of schools that admitted VietAbroader Conference 2008’s candidates for Class of 2013:
Agnes Scott College, Arkansas University, Bates College, Bryn Mawr College, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Carroll College, Colby College, Colgate University, Cornell College, Cornell University, De Anza College, DePauw University, Drexel University, Duke University, Franklin & Marshall College, Grinnell College, Foxcrost Academy, Hebron Academy, John Hopkins University, Lafayette College, LeTourneau University, Linfield College, Luther College, Lycoming College, McDaniel College, Manhattanville College, Mercyhurst College, Mount Holyoke College, New York University, Notre Dame High School, Old Dominion University, Portland Community College, Portland State University, Quinnipac University, Reed College, Seattle Central Community College, Saint Anselm College, Smith College, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, Trinity College, Trinity University, Troy University, University of British Columbia, University of Chicago, University of Minnesota, University of Nevada, University of New Orleans, University of Texas, University of Pennsylvania, University of Richmond, University of Wisconsin, Villanova University, Washington & Lee University, Wesleyan College, Wesleyan University.
• Total amount of scholarship and financial aid awarded to VA 2013 candidates: $ 7.620.000
Statistical figures for 2010 application cycle are not available since colleges have not finalized their admission decisions and financial aid awards, but preliminary survey indicates that the number of admission offers and financial aid awards achieved by VietAbroader 2014 candidates will exceed the record numbers of 2009 application cycle, proving VAC’s success in achieving its four objectives.