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Posted : 2010-10-14 18:18
Updated : 2010-10-14 18:18

Online college fairs benefit students overseas

By Jane Han

NEW YORK — You want to go to college in the U.S., but don’t have the money or time for a full-fledged campus tour? Thank technology, because now, all you have to do is get in front of your computer to meet with hundreds of admissions officers ready to answer your questions.

For many colleges and universities, virtual college fairs are quickly becoming an ideal and convenient channel to meet one on one with prospective students, without burdening them with the hassle of high costs and travel.

The online fairs provide everything from live chats with admissions officers and current students to virtual campus tours, all of which help students get a feel for a school just as if they were to visit in person.

“My parents can’t afford to pay thousands of dollars in airfares, hotels and car rentals to tour campuses in different states,” says Lee Ji-young, a 12th grader who is applying to eight schools. “The online events really help ordinary students get the information they need.”

And they especially help students who live across the globe.

One provider, CollegeWeekLive (www.collegeweeklive.com), even tailors fairs specifically to international students.

“International students interested in attending college in the United States can research and meet with 250 colleges, all from the ease of any computer,” explains Robert Rosenbloom, CEO of PlatformQ, producer of CollegeWeekLive.

The company’s International Day is set for Dec. 14, a day when admissions officers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, among others, will participate to chat live about academic credentials, student visas and financial aid for non-U.S. students.

“Current international students from several of the participating colleges will also be available via video webcast, answering questions from attendees about how they selected their school and how they’re adjusting to life in the U.S.,” said Rosenbloom.

Other providers including EducationXpo (www.educationxpo.com) and Green College Tour (www.greencollegetour.com) offer similar services to assist students with their school research.

“Today’s teenagers are all about interacting online. That’s where they feel most comfortable, so it’s a natural development to see college fairs shifting online as well,” says Jeremy Baek, a counselor at Ace Academy, a New York-based college prep center.



온라인 박람회로 외국학생 입학 지원 비용 절감

뉴욕 ­ 미국 대학에 들어가고 싶습니까? 캠퍼스 투어를 하기 위해 돈이나 시간을 들일 필요가 없습니다. 기술에 감사만 하면 됩니다. 학생과 학부모가 할 일은 컴퓨터 앞에 앉아 질문에 대답을 해 줄 수백 명의 입학사정관을 만날 수 있기 때문입니다.

많은 단대나 종합 대학이 유망한 학생들과 1대1로 만나기 위해 가상 대학박람회를 이상적이고 편리한 통로로 이용하는 경우가 급속하게 늘고 있습니다. 당연히 학생들에게 문제가 되는 고비용과 여행에 시간을 들일 필요가 없게 됩니다.

온라인 페어는 입학사정관과 직접 이야기를 나누는 것부터 가상 캠퍼스 투어에 이르기 까지 모든 것을 제공해 주어 학생들이 직접 방문한 것처럼 학교 현장감을 느끼게 해 줍니다.

8개 대학에 지원을 하고 있는 이지영(12학년)양은 “부모님은 상이한 주에 있는 캠퍼스 투어를 하기 위해 항공료와 호텔비 그리고 차 대여 등 수천 달러를 댈 수가 없다”며 “이 온라인 행사는 정말로 일반 학생들이 필요한 정보를 얻도록 해 준다”고 밝혔다.

웹사이트 CollegeWeekLive (www.collegeweeklive.com)는 특히 외국학생들에 맞는 페어를 열고 있다.
이 웹사이트를 만든 PlatformQ의 로버트 로센블룸 사장은 “미국 대학에 들어 오려는 외국인 학생들은 250개의 대학을 모두 쉽게 컴퓨터에서 찾아 만날 수 있다”고 말했다.

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