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International agencies promote US uni tours

US University Tours, which runs familiarisation tours of US universities for prospective international students, has signed agreements with two international recruitment agencies to promote its latest package.

The company said university tours were growing in popularity in countries such as India

Vietnamese-Russo agency Access American Education (AAE) and India’s Sonya International Education Centre (SIEC) will sell the US firm’s new Open Tours to students in their local markets.

Jim Barger, CEO of AAE said, “With a rising standard of living and an ambitious middle class, families are eager to see their children attend American colleges and universities. Like American parents, they also want to see the campuses before they apply.”

Parminder Sall, business development manager at SIEC said, “Students will get a chance to look at a wide variety of campuses and really get to know what is expected of them as students. With this knowledge, they can return home and start their applications.”

The first Open Tour begins in Boston on July 18 and allows students to visit 13 US universities, ending up in Washington, DC. The second begins August 1 in Los Angeles and visits eight of California’s highest ranked universities, ending up in San Francisco.

US University Tours staff work directly with the admissions offices of the university being visited and the tours are officially welcomed to campus.

The company said university tours were growing in popularity in countries such as India. It said it had seen considerable interest in its Custom Group Tours, in which participants visit their choice of schools and tailor their itineraries.

“We have had great interest in business development with education agents”

“We have had great interest in business development with education agents, English language schools and scholarship agencies who will use tours in combination with their services to meet the growing demand for American higher education,” said company president, Wayne Weinzoff.

The company said it was seeking new partners for both its Open Tours and Custom Group Tours offerings.

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