Uncle Sam’s country is closer to that of honest men. On the occasion of International Education Week, the American Embassy in Burkina Faso organized, on November 18, 2015, at the Hotel Silmandé, an information session on studying in the United States. Students and future graduates were also given the opportunity to become familiar with American universities through the fair organized for this purpose.
The United States of America is one of the preferred destinations for students from Burkina Faso, convinced that a good education can only be acquired at renowned universities. In search of greater knowledge and openness to the world, these graduates are faced with a lack of information and advice about the opportunities offered to them. The course is therefore often riddled with pitfalls. Most of the time, these difficulties are surmountable if, beforehand, the student is well informed. That is why the US Embassy in Burkina Faso has organized information days for potential applicants to US universities. These activities are part of International Education Week, a funded initiative of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education that promotes “international education and exchanges around the world”.
“You always have to persevere. Things don’t come so easily”, launched the American ambassador Tulinabo Mushingi to the hundreds of male and female students who came to visit the universities. For the diplomat, young people must, in addition to having their lucky star, fight to win their places. According to Placide Tankoano, Education Counselor at the American Embassy, the conditions for access to universities depend on the level of studies and courses desired by students.
Generally, you must hold a Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent diploma recognized by CAMES. So candidates must be able to express themselves easily in the language of Shakespeare and obviously have the means to pay for their studies. For Mr. Tankoano, vary from 5 to 30 million CFA francs per year and this depends on the sector and the level of studies. However, most universities can have up to 2000 courses.
For the search for the right school, registration procedures and preparation for the various tests, the pedagogical advisor said that candidates will benefit from free assistance from the American embassy.
“What happens in Burkina Faso affects the United States and what happens in the United States affects Burkina Faso; the world is interconnected,” said Dr. Tulinabo Mushingi. In his speech, he cited some benefits of international education. According to him, foreign students who studied in the United States and Americans who studied abroad are more likely to become leaders in all areas and professions. They are also better able to understand each other’s culture and appreciate different points of view. Finally, the American diplomat is convinced that “overcoming language barriers offers a greater ability to connect and work together”. And if Damien Massimbo, a student at Saint Thomas Aquinas University, loves the United States, it is because of its language that he qualifies as the language of the future.
The Embassy organizes information sessions on the 1st and 4th Thursday of the month, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, for students who wish to continue their studies in the United States.
Herman Frederic BASSOLE
Photos: Boaventura PARE