With Donald Trump being at forefront of American politics, Indian students are definitely worried about going to their dream country USA to study. However, clearing the air, Dean Kahler, the Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment Management of the University of Idaho talks to The Afternoon D&C's Aishwarya R. Iyer about the technicalities the country and the varsity has come up with
The University of Idaho for the first time is interacting with India in regards to the varsity's engagement plan with India.
What will be the value proposition for an international student at the University of Idaho?
As a leading research university, we offer countless learning experiences for great career preparation that are very engaging for the students. They can take classes in their chosen field of study, join a club or an organisation or pursue Interdisciplinary Research opportunities. All I can say is that we would provide a platform through which the students will be ready for the rest of their lives.
What is the percentage of Foreign National Students currently studying in the University?
The University of Idaho has over 85% international students from India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Many of these students have joined the Indian Students Association, the International Affairs Club, the Muslim Student Association and the Nepali Students' Association. There are many activities to help international students from all the backgrounds to feel welcomed and included in the campus community.
How do you think the change in Government can affect the overall admission/visa procedure for Indian students?
That's a great question! However, the University of Idaho has preplanned about all the concerns the students outside the USA are facing when it comes to admissions and their visa procedure. We are interested to support the students who are willing to come to us to study and make a bright future. International students value the quality and diversity of offerings found at the United State's higher institutions and in turn, the U.S. universities highly value the Global perspective that these international students bring to the classroom.
The F-1 student Visa Application process remains unchanged and is as follows:
- Receive your I-20 from the University of Idaho
- Make a visa interview appointment at your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
- Complete the online visa application form and pay the application fee (Form DS-160).
- Pay the SEVIS fee online: http://www.fmjfee.com
- Attend your visa interview and bring your application form, passport, I-20, SEVIS fee proof of payment, transcripts and test scores, proof of financial documentation, photos and any other official documentation from the University of Idaho.
This varsity is well known for
- Agriculture and Agribusiness
- Apparel, Textiles and Design
- Architecture and Landscape Architecture
- Food Science/ Sustainable Food Systems
- Forestry and Natural Resources
- Marketing - PGA Golf Management courses
Kahler comes to UI from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he has served as the inaugural vice chancellor for enrollment management since 2012. Prior to that, he was at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green (WKU) for 10 years. While in Bowling Green, he served as the executive director of Navitas, associate vice president for enrollment management, and director of the Office of Admissions. Kahler holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Winona State University, a master’s in public administration and a doctorate in educational administration higher education from Southern Illinois University.
For the latest information, please visit the U.S. Department of State website: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student.html.