US education fair being held in Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The EducationUSA Fair, which is a free event targeting U.S. higher education students and coordinated by AMINEF/EducationUSA and the U.S. Embassy, is being held in Jakarta, Surabaya (East Java) and Medan (North Sumatra).

US Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel gave opening remarks here, on Sunday (March 25) at one of the largest EducationUSA Fairs ever held in Jakarta, the US embassy said in a statement here, Tuesday.

The annual event provides accurate and impartial information on studying in the United States. U.S.

The Fair is part of the U.S. Government's larger initiative to contribute to the goals set forth in the Comprehensive Partnership agreement between President Obama and President Yudhoyono in 2010 to double the number of Indonesians studying in the U.S. in the next five years.

Some 59 American universities participated, representing a cross-section of American higher education, including public universities, private universities and community colleges.

During the Fair, representatives of the U.S. Embassy Consular Office provided detailed information about the visa application process.

In 2011, 96 percent of student visa applicants who applied to study in the U.S. were granted a visa for study purposes. Approximately 2,500 potential students and their parents visited the Jakarta fair, showing the strong interest in American education here. Students asked about the thousands of possibilities of majors, programs, scholarships, and assistantship opportunities available in the United States.

Many of the 59 participating universities will be traveling to Surabaya and then Medan. The next EducationUSA Fair event is on March 27 at the Sheraton Hotel in Surabaya from 16:00-20:00. The final EducationUSA fair will be at the J.W. Marriot Hotel in Medan on March 29 from 16:00-20:00. Both the Surabaya and Medan fairs will be the largest U.S. education fairs ever held in those cities.

Attendees can also follow the events through EducationUSA's website: and their social media channels, including Facebook, Skype, and Twitter.