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WHA Western Hemisphere. Latin America & the Caribbean: Regional Updates and Trends. Regional Overview of EducationUSA. 3 REACs: Tim Wright : Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (MCAC) Rita Moriconi : Southern Cone Rosemarie Arens : Andean Region. Regional Overview of EducationUSA.

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Wha western hemisphere

WHAWestern Hemisphere

Latin America & the Caribbean:

Regional Updates and Trends



Regional overview of educationusa
Regional Overview of EducationUSA

3 REACs:

  • Tim Wright: Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (MCAC)

  • Rita Moriconi: Southern Cone

  • Rosemarie Arens: Andean Region


Regional overview of educationusa1
Regional Overview of EducationUSA

3 EducationUSA Advisers:

  • Etty Arjona, Panama (MCAC)

  • Claudia Carrillo, Chile (Southern Cone)

  • Sandro Molina, Peru (Andean Region)


Regional overview of educationusa2
Regional Overview of EducationUSA

  • 107 centers in 31 countries

  • 121 EducationUSA Advisers

  • 67,711 students studying in the U.S.


Breakdown of host institutions
Breakdown of Host Institutions:


South Am:



Services to us institutions
Services to US institutions

  • Connect U.S. reps with students in person or virtually (EdUSA Connects)

  • Act as liaison between U.S. and local academic and government institutions to foster partnerships

  • Organize the EducationUSA fairs

  • Information on local credentialing, transcripts, & accreditation

  • Coordinate logistics for visits to local institutions

  • Disseminate Weekly Update to Advisers and HEI News to U.S. institutions


Services to students
Services to Students

  • Access to reference material and Internet

  • Regular group and individual advising sessions

  • Admissions-related thematic workshops (essay writing, fields of study, financial aid, etc)

  • Offer criteria based selection process to help match students with U.S. colleges & universities

  • Connect students to admissions offices according to students interests

  • Offer information on exams and test prep

  • Offer pre-departure orientations


I educationusa
i EducationUSA


EdUSAtips, EdUSAupdates



Outreach expanding audiences
Outreach & Expanding Audiences

  • USG Youth Programs

    • Youth Ambassadors, College Horizons, Student Leaders

  • English Language Programs

    • USG Micro-Access Scholarships

    • Local GOV and NGO push

  • EducationUSA country-wide outreach

  • Opportunity Funds


Opportunity funds
Opportunity funds

  • Southern Cone: Brazil and Paraguay

  • Andean Region: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela

  • MCAC: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama


Top places of origin
Top Places of Origin


Student mobility trends mexico
Student Mobility Trends: Mexico



Student mobility central america
Student Mobility: Central America


Student mobility trends caribbean
Student Mobility Trends: Caribbean

  • Pull Factor: ≈ 38% go to FL & NY


Student mobility trends caribbean1
Student Mobility Trends: Caribbean

% of college age population in the U.S.

Ratio of students in the US per 10,000 of tertiary aged population

  • Sources:

  • UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2009

  • Open Doors Report, 2009


Student mobility data brazil
Student Mobility Data: Brazil


Student mobility trends brazil
Student Mobility Trends: Brazil

  • Intensive English to build capacity for World Cup 2014 and 2016 Olympics

  • USG 6-year strategy focusing on EducationUSA & IEPs

  • Increasing numbers of undergraduate students

  • Ranks 11th as sending country for professors/researchers

Government sponsorship policies colombia
Government Sponsorship & Policies: Colombia

  • Colciencias: Colombian Government Science Research Organization

    • Bicentenial Scholarship Program

    • Program Goal: To train 3,000 new Ph.D.s by 2019

    • 200 to 300 full scholarships per year

  • ICETEX: Colombian Institute of Educational Credit and Technical Study Abroad

    • Loans for English Study and for Graduate Study Abroad


Government sponsorship colombia
Government Sponsorship: Colombia

  • Colfuturo

    • Founded as a public private partnership; now a private NGO funded by the private sector

    • Provides loans that become scholarships under certain conditions

    • Graduate study only

    • Up to US $25,000 per year

    • More than 1,000 students were selected for the program in 2009


Government sponsorship policies ecuador
Government Sponsorship & Policies: Ecuador

  • Instituto Ecuatoriano de Crédito Educativo y Becas (IECE)

    • up to $20,000 to complete degree (Undergrad and Graduate) in a foreign country

  • SENACYT (Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología)

    • up to 60 months of graduate studies in Science and Technology

  • Unidad ABC Quito Municipal Government

    • up to $17,000 to complete degree (Undergraduate) in a foreign country.


Opportunities for all ya ll
Opportunities for All Ya’ll

  • New Gov Scholarships: Panama, D.R., Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil

  • Renewed interest in the Caribbean – CXC & College Fair Tour

  • Surge in English language learning (Brazil, Honduras, Colombia, Peru, Panama)

  • Brazil: petroleum engineering and all related fields


How to connect with wha
How to Connect with WHA

  • Create relationships – an oral culture

  • Give a presentation in an advising center

  • Participate in college fairs (in-person or alumni)

  • Join your study state consortia

  • EdUSA Connects, DVC, Skype, social media


For more information on registration and contact details:


Questions? Email: [email protected]


Educationusa in panama and central america

EducationUSA in Panama and Central America

SENACYT – IFARHU Scholarships for Excellence Program

Abriendo Horizontes Project

Accreditation of Central American Universities and Programs


1 senacyt ifarhu face problems for sending students to us hei
1. SENACYT-IFARHU face problems for sending students to US HEI

  • Required English proficiency

  • Entrance exams: SAT, GRE, GMAT

  • Complicated Admissions Process

  • Criteria: 200 top world universities: Shanghai and London Index

  • New: Carnegie Classification: Masters and doctoral programs and ABET accredited (engineering)

  • US$ 250,000 per student


2 abriendo horizontes 2008
2. Abriendo Horizontes, 2008 HEI

  • Stage 1: Administration of a battery of written and oral tests in 2 languages

  • Stage 2: 14 finalists sent to 8-week Language & Culture Intensive Program in 2 Missouri institutions

  • Stage 3a: 3 students US-bound with full scholarships

  • Stage 3b: 5 students prep for SENACYT competition

18 schools invited; 8 schools participated; 14 finalists

Criteria for institutional selection: 1100 score on PAA/SAT

3 cca central america s chea central american council for higher education accreditation
3. CCA = Central America’s CHEA HEICentral American Council for Higher Education Accreditation

  • Sole Central American Region accreditation agency:

  • Has 2-tier structure. Recognizes: (a) national accreditors; (b) regional programmatic accreditors: graduate programs, medicine, etc.

  • Mission: (a) improve quality of CA higher education system

  • (b) promote integration of Central America thru student mobility, credit equivalency and international recognition of degrees

Headquarters, Universidad de Costa Rica



Central American Council for Higher Education Accreditation C C A

Multisector and regional representation

3 SectorialRepresentation

7 Nation Representation

9. Federated Profesional bodies

1. Belice

2. Honduras

8. Academic - state universities

3. Guatemala

4. Nicaragua

11. Governmental (Ministries of Education)

10. Academic -private universities

5. El Salvador

6. Panamá

7. Costa Rica

12. Federated Student Associations

CCA Organizational Structure


Peru present and future

PERU C C APresent and Future

EducationUSA Centers in Peru

Host institutions

EducationUSA advisers


Peru in numbers the prospective market
Peru C C A in NumbersTheProspectiveMarket

  • Secondary school population: Approx 7.7 million

  • Tertiary level population: 551,000 (2007)

  • Students studying abroad 14,719 (2008)

  • Top Destinations

    • U.S. 4) Spain

    • Chile 5) Germany

      3) Italy 6) France


Peru in numbers
Peru C C A in Numbers

  • Annual EducationUSA Contacts: 300,000

  • Total number of students in the U.S.: 3, 598

  • Undergraduate Students :1,798

  • Graduate Students: 1,306

  • Non- degree and OPT: 494

  • Rank: 4th highest sending country in South America, 7th in Latin America and the Caribbean


Major trends
Major Trends C C A

  • English Language Study

  • Sustained economic growth

  • Major fields of interest

  • Major areas of Interest within fields

  • Rapid increase in use of social media for communication.


Educationusa in chile
EducationUSA in Chile C C A

  • Santiago

  • Antofagasta

  • La Serena

  • Valparaíso/Viña del Mar

  • Curicó

  • Concepción

Becas chile program ministry of education
Becas C C A Chile Program – Ministry of Education

  • 1 Government scholarship system

  • Human capital development: Academic excellence & country development

  • 30,000 grantees by 2017

  • USD $6 billion


Becas chile program ministry of education1
Becas C C A Chile Program – Ministry of Education

  • Three areas:

    • Graduate degrees

    • Technical programs with internships

    • Pedagogy (including Study Abroad programs for undergraduate students and Internships for Science high school teachers)


Becas chile main benefits
Becas C C A Chile: Main Benefits

  • All tuition after discount or waiver from US university

  • Monthly stipend for housing and food of an average of USD 1500

  • Medical insurance and books

  • Roundtrip

  • Opportunity to improve the level of English in Chile and then in the US before beginning graduate studies (conditional admission required)

  • Stipend for family (10% spouse and 5% children)

  • Obligation to return to Chile to work (same number of years outside Santiago, double number


Becas C C A Chile Program –

Ministry of Education

Educationusa becas chile
EducationUSA & Becas Chile C C A

  • Country-wide outreach to attract students

  • Enabling partnerships with U.S. universities

  • Bringing Becas Chile to an international audience

  • Incorporating Ministry in training of EducationUSA Advisers


Chile C C A

Questions ?? C C A


Thank you
Thank You! C C A

Claudia Carrillo, Adviser

Santiago, Chile

[email protected]

Dr. Etty Arjona, Adviser

Panama City, Panama

[email protected]

Rita Moriconi, REAC

South America, S. Cone

[email protected]

Sandro Molina, Adviser

Arequipa, Peru

[email protected]

Tim Wright, REAC

MX, CentAm, Caribbean

[email protected]