to congratulate all the students in China who have received offers of admission
from one of the over 4,700 colleges and universities in the United
States. As a former university president myself, I can tell you with
confidence that studying in the United States will be an experience that will
change your life.
you and your families here in China, there is no better investment for your
future than getting an American education.
You will learn to think critically and to be innovative. You will be able to perfect your
English. You will make contacts and
develop job skills that will shape your career for decades to come. And perhaps most important, you will learn
what it takes to operate successfully in the world’s two largest economies -
the United States and China.
the sacrifices you and your families made to get to this point. Graduates of U.S. universities have gone on
to become leaders and innovators in many fields around the world, and you
should be proud of the invitation to join this special and select group of
young people whose lives will be changed forever by the dynamism, openness, and
quality of campuses across the United States.
of admission are the product of much careful thought and hard work, both by the
students who apply and by American colleges and universities that conduct a
rigorous review of these applications. We recognize the energy and creativity
you poured into essays about your dreams and ideas, the hard work it took to
prepare for English language and other examinations, and the commitments you
fulfilled to community service and extra-curricular interests.
one million international students are now in U.S. higher education
institutions, maintaining the United States’ long-standing position as the
world’s top host nation for international students. This is a testament
to the unmatched quality of American higher education in the eyes of
international students and their families.
students strengthen ties between the United States and countries around the
world, developing the relationships between people and communities that are
necessary to solve global challenges. We value inclusion, and actively
support students from diverse backgrounds on our campuses. Colleges and universities across the United
States value international students for the unique and diverse perspectives you
provide both in and out of the classroom. American universities and
communities benefit from the knowledge and talents of international students,
which helps prepare all of us for shared, successful futures in an
colleges and universities take pride in providing safe, welcoming environments
for all their students. My advice to you is simple. Take the time to become a part of your
community when you get there. Make new friends
from around the world. Get to know some
local families. Explore the town or city where you live. The college experience in the United States is
about more than just our classrooms. It’s
also about the diversity of our nation and our local communities. I know if you make the effort to get to know
them, you will be welcomed with open arms.
officials in China and at American embassies and consulates around the world
continue to work diligently to process student visa requests, and information
about the visa process is available at official website of U.S. Visas and official website of U.S. Embassy.
advisers in China are ready to answer questions about studying in the United
States. You can find an advising center at official website of EducationUSA.
For those still considering study in
the United States, EducationUSA advisers can provide valuable resources to help
inform your decision. With over 4,700 accredited institutions in all 50
U.S. states, there’s an American college or university that’s right for
everyone. There are study options at many price points, including
community colleges and “2 plus 2” models that combine study at a community
college and a four year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree.
U.S. Ambassador to China, I personally congratulate and encourage those of you
who have received offers of admission to accept this life-changing opportunity
and join your peers in experiencing the unique value of an American higher