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Study-Abroad Conference 2005 – 2010

VietAbroader Study-Abroad Conference (VASAC), entitled “Passing of the Torch” was first launched in 2005 in the spirit of mentorship and social responsibility, and has remained as the organization’s flagship project ever since. Held in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city, the conference’s purpose was to allow experienced students and educational experts to pass on strategies and expertise and to foster a meaningful relationship with local high school students.The conference consisted of workshops and presentations on college admission, scholarship and financial aid; essay writing; and standardized tests. Representatives from the U.S. Embassy were also invited to give presentations on student visa application.

Having received tremendous praise for its launching success, a second conference was held in the summer of 2006. It was the first time VietAbroader experimented a college fair with student representatives, an interactive panel discussion on college life and exclusive informational packages and CDs for registered attendees. After a hiatus in 2007, VietAbroader Study-Abroad Conference returned in 2008, and marked  a collaborative effort among local students, overseas Vietnamese students and educational experts.

In 2009, VietAbroader decided to bring the Study-Abroad Conference to a more personal level. Through various panels and workshops, VietAbroader members walked prospective Vietnamese applicants through every stage of the admission process, and shared insights into their academic and personal journeys in the United States. In this way, VASAC 2009 bridged the information gap that has been barring qualified Vietnamese students from American institutions, and helped them transition smoothly into college life. High demand for participation in VASAC 2009 prompted VietAbroader to conduct rigorous selection process; only 300 out of almost 1000 applicants were selected to attend each Conference in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City. The participants were admitted based on several criteria, which included academic excellence, participation in extracurricular activities, as well as their own aspirations and dreams.

Following the success of the previous years, the organizing teams of VietAbroader Study-Abroad Conference in 2010 worked their hardest to celebrate the 5th VietAbroader Conference and 15-year relationship between Vietnam and the United States. The event was sponsored by various colleges and corporate institutions. The school fair in the afternoon featured student representatives from more than 60 prestigious American institutions of higher education. The fair served more than 1000 students and parents.

 

THE FIRST FIVE

Hanoi

July 17, 2005, Somerset Hotel
June 26, 2006, Somerset Hotel
July 19, 2008, International Conference Center
July 18, 2009, International Conference Center
July 17, 2010, Center of Development
and Women

Ho Chi Minh City

June 25, 2005, New World Hotel
June 17, 2006. New World Hotel
July 20, 2008, Majestic Hotel
July 17, 2009, Movenpick Hotel
July 16, 2010, Equatorial Hotel

Sample List of Colleges, Schools and Programs Represented (2009)

Amherst College
Bard College
Bates College
Bentley University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brown University
Brigham Young University
California State University, Fullerton
Carroll University
Claremont McKenna College
Cleveland State University
Coe College
Colby College
Colgate University
College of Wooster
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cypress College
Cornell College
Dartmouth College
Depauw University
De Anza Community College
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Duke University
Franklin & Marshall College
George Mason University
Gettysburg College
Hamilton College
Harverford College
Hendrix College
Hobart and William Smith College
Illinois Wesleyan University
Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
Lawrence University
Lehigh University
Linfield College

Loyola University Chicago
Luther College
Macalester College
Mount Holyoke College
Northeastern University
Old Dominion University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Princeton University
Randolph Macon College
Smith College
St. Anselm College
St. Nobert College
Stanford University
Swarthmore College
Texas Christian University
Trinity College
Trinity University
Tufts University
Union College
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Kentucky
University of Pennsylvania
University of St. Thomas
University of Texas at Dallas
Vassar College
Virginia Commonwealth University
Villanova University
Wabash College
Washington & Lee University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan College
Wesleyan University
Whitman College
Williams College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

ASSIST program
Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School
Emma Willard School
Hebron Academy
Lawrence Academy
Lomis Chaffee School
Montclair College Preparatory School
United World Colleges
Verde Valley School
Xavier High School