Behind The Scenes of The International Universities Fair Vancouver

By Beth Cleary
    NACAC, International Initiatives Coordinator

The National Association for College Admission Counseling and International ACAC are co-hosting the first International Universities Fair in Vancouver on May 7, 2016.

Chaired by Nancy Cromarty, director of university and career counseling at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver, the fair preparations are off to a great start. “Interest and excitement about this first time event has already begun among parents, students and counselors here in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver,” says Cromarty.

Working with a resident of the host city and co-hosting the fair with International ACAC are huge benefits in planning this event.  “Our international affiliate, International ACAC provides us with an excellent partner for this fair and their members will provide a wealth of knowledge as we consider future international fairs,” said John Hamel, Director of National College Fairs Programs and Services at NACAC. 

Ninety-three colleges and universities hailing from seven different countries have registered so far to exhibit at the fair, with many more to come. NACAC’s College Fairs Department anticipates a strong global showing of roughly 150 exhibitors. This fair will allow local and international students in Vancouver and neighboring areas to explore the post-secondary options available to them not only in Canada but all over the world. 

Registration for exhibitors and students is now open through the NACAC website.

Hamel believes that the association has much to offer on the international fair circuit. “While many college fairs exist globally, the NACAC Fairs have an excellent reputation and also provide students with the opportunity to explore their college options in an arena that continues to be sensitive to helping students make excellent choices guided by carefully thought out admissions practices.”

At the fair, students will have the opportunity to visit a resource center and counseling booth where they can speak with local counselors who are well-versed in helping students navigate the international admission process. Staff from EducationUSA’s Canadian office will also be available to provide specific guidance to students interested in studying in the United States. Various free workshops will take place throughout the day, including “What International & Canadian Students Should Know When Applying to US Universities” presented by Dr. Douglas Christiansen, Vanderbilt University’s Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, and “Who Gets In? The Truths and Myths of how Canadian Universities Make Admission Decisions” presented by Andrew Arida, Director of Undergraduate Admission at University of British Columbia, and Dan Seneker, Director of Enrollment Management at Bishop’s University. 

Learn how students can make the most of their fair experience, check out tips for students applying to universities in another country, and spread the word about this event among your students. 

 For more information about this event, please feel free to contact VIUF Chair, Nancy Cromarty, or NACAC International Initiatives Coordinator, Beth Cleary

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