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2022 Education Fair: Ambassador Burns welcomes students from China to study in the United States
September 27, 2022

Press Release

September 26, 2022

2022 Education Fair:  Ambassador Burns welcomes students from China to study in the United States

On September 24, the U.S. Embassy Beijing held its 2022 Education Fair on the Embassy’s grounds.  42 U.S. colleges and universities participated in the fair on-site, while 75 colleges and universities showcased their schools online.  The event attracted more than 600 participants in person and about 10,000 online.

U.S. Ambassador to the PRC Nicholas Burns, in recorded remarks to attendees, said:  “We are very proud the United States remains the top destination for Chinese students who choose to pursue education beyond China.”  Sharing his personal observations as a former college professor who has taught many students from China, Ambassador Burns added:  “I can say first-hand that the United States wholeheartedly welcomes international students, researchers, and scholars from China on U.S. campuses.  Through their creativity, innovation, and diverse perspectives, and I must say hard work, Chinese students enrich our colleges and universities as well as our surrounding communities in the U.S.”

According to the most recent available figures, before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 370,000 Chinese students annually chose to invest in their future by studying in the United States.   Despite the challenges of COVID-19, since May of last year the United States has issued well over 155,000 visas to Chinese students and scholars.  In the 2020/2021 academic year, China was the largest source of international students in the United States for the 12th consecutive year, with 317,299 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, non-degree, and optional practical training (OPT) programs.  Chinese students accounted for 34.7 percent of all international students.

“America warmly welcomes you,” said Ambassador Burns.  “We’re here to help you on a journey that will fulfill your dreams and help improve the understanding, frankly, between our two countries.”

To check out the online exhibition, learn about 75 U.S. universities of various types, and to get the latest information and advice for studying in the United States, please see:  https://udty.tech/EducationUSA2022Fair.  You can also listen to the four presentations made at the 2022 Education Fair:

  • “Post-pandemic Admission Outlook and Implication for Chinese Students”
  • “University of California Application & Undergraduate Transfer”
  • “Insights from Front line College Counsellors for the 2023 Application”
  • “Applying for Graduate Schools in the United States”

EducationUSA, a U.S. Department of State network of over 430 international student advising centers in more than 175 countries and territories, has branches at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and each of our Consulates throughout China.  Every year, millions of international students obtain accurate, comprehensive, and timely information through our global network and learn how to apply to accredited American universities.  All our activities are free and unbiased, geared towards helping students, higher education institutions, and guidance counselors, administrative staff, and English teachers.  For more information about study in the United States and upcoming events, check out EducationUSA China’s website, email us at educationusachina@state.gov, or follow our Weibo account:

You can follow Ambassador Burns’ Twitter account as well as the U.S. Embassy in Beijing’s main WeChat, Weibo, and Twitter accounts here: