Social Media Question on Visa Application: Yet Another Obstacle on the Path to Study in the USA

Yes, the nightmare proposal related to US-bound international student recruitment has become a cold, stark reality.  Check out this 3 June 2019 update from NAFSA:  Association of International Educators or this 1 June 2019 BBC report about the collection of social media information. The "social media" question has been added to the DS-160 form, the … Continue reading Social Media Question on Visa Application: Yet Another Obstacle on the Path to Study in the USA

Number of Vietnamese Students in the US Rebounds

For those US colleagues who recruit in Viet Nam, there is some good news in challenging times. According to the latest SEVIS by the Numbers update from March 2019, there are 30,684 Vietnamese students studying in the US at all levels, an increase of 3% over August 2018. Here is my latest update about US-bound … Continue reading Number of Vietnamese Students in the US Rebounds

Senior Spotlight: Trang Quỳnh “Tracy” Đào Đỗ Enrolling at Barnard College

Congratulations to Ms. Trang "Tracy" Đào Đỗ for her admission to Barnard College, Columbia University.  Trang is one of many students that my company, Capstone Vietnam, has helped study in the US and other her countries in the past decade.  Below is an announcement that appeared in a recent issue of the Léman Manhattan Preparatory School newsletter. … Continue reading Senior Spotlight: Trang Quỳnh “Tracy” Đào Đỗ Enrolling at Barnard College

“International education ‘number one priority’ for US bureau”

At the February IIE Summit 2019, Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), US State Department, told her audience that international education is the #1 priority for ECA.  Her deputy, Caroline Casagrande, confirmed that “additional resources” have been obtained to promote outbound and inbound study abroad.  What "additional resources," I wonder?  In terms of … Continue reading “International education ‘number one priority’ for US bureau”

US Student Visa Update from Viet Nam: So Far, So Good in FY19

I know it's only four months into the 2019 US government fiscal year (FY19) but I look for trends wherever I can find them, even if they're just beginning to take shape.  Based on US State Department statistics, the number of student visas issued from October 2018 to January 2019 by US Mission-Viet Nam, which … Continue reading US Student Visa Update from Viet Nam: So Far, So Good in FY19

The Metamorphosis of International Students Into Honorary US Nationalists: a View from Viet Nam

Follow this link to read my latest article, which is about a phenomenon I've observed over the years, namely, how some young Vietnamese who study in the USA become what I refer to as honorary US nationalists.  (If you're not sure what nationalism means, have a look at this 2016 essay.  Hint:  It's quite different … Continue reading The Metamorphosis of International Students Into Honorary US Nationalists: a View from Viet Nam