EducationUSA Holds Pre-Departure Orientation for U.S.-Bound Students

June 28, 2019 – The U.S. Embassy’s academic advising service, EducationUSA, hosted a Pre-Departure Orientation for students in Brunei Darussalam who will study in the United States for the 2019-2020 academic year.

EducationUSA PDO 2019 - Panelist and Advisor
Education Advisor speaks with student panelist on experiences with studying in the United States.

Students from Brunei will be attending a wide range of institutions in the United States, from Ivy League universities to community colleges, learning subjects from engineering and business to theater and music. While most are finishing secondary school, others are advancing their careers by furthering their professional skills. This range of educational opportunities and expertise is one of the reasons that the United States attracts the largest number of foreign students in the world.

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Members of the Brunei-US Association (BUSA)

The orientation assisted students in preparing for their move from Brunei to attend a college or university in the United States.  Students, parents, school counselors, alumni members, and representatives from the Ministry of Education (MoE) and scholarship-giving bodies attended.

U.S.-bound students and their parents also had the opportunity to meet with students currently studying in the United States, as well as with members of the Brunei-U.S. Association (BUSA) who offered tips on how to prepare for the U.S. academic, social, and cultural environment. Representatives of the Embassy’s Consular Section delivered a briefing on student visa applications, and gave tips on traveling and arriving in the United States.

EducationUSA PDO 2019 - PAO with group
Public Affairs Officer, Daniel K. Lee, speaks to outgoing students/program participants, alumni, and family members.

U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Daniel Lee stated, “The U.S. Embassy in Brunei Darussalam is proud of all these students who will be furthering their education and careers in the United States. We wish you the best of luck at your chosen university or college and we hope you have an exceptional experience in the United States.”

Students from Brunei Darussalam will be pursuing their education at colleges and universities including Berklee School of Music, Brown University, Cornell University, Los Angeles College of Music, New York University, Orange Coast Community College, Rice University, State University of New York – Stony Brook, the University of Hawaii, and Wright State University.

For more information on higher education opportunities in the United States, please contact the U.S. Embassy’s EducationUSA Advisor, Mayra Robles, at