In recent years, Bolivia’s economy underwent a positive transformation, rising from its instability. The World Bank states that due to high commodity prices and careful policy, Bolivia’s economy has averaged at 4.9 % between 2004 and 2014. This favorable economy has led to a reduction in poverty; the international monetary fund now considers Bolivia as a middle income country.
According to the Open Doors report on international student mobility for the 2015/2016 academic year, 1142 Bolivian students were enrolled in U.S. higher education Institutions resulting in a 2.3 total percentage change as compared to the previous academic year. Out of this number of students, a 66.5% enrolled in undergraduate institutions.
EducationUSA has five centers around Bolivia, which are located at the binational centers in the cities of Santa Cruz, Sucre, Cochabamba, Tarija and La Paz. They are all strategically located near airports, making it convenient for university representatives to visit. All these centers will be happy to work with prospective students to aid them in completing their applications.
In 2016, the EducationUSA office in Santa Cruz alone provided services to 7500 people through phone calls, e-mails, one-on-one meetings and walk-ins in our Advising center; we reached out to almost 22,000 people through University fairs, visits to High Schools and Universities and other events.
Santa Cruz de la Sierra will be the host for this year EducationUSA fair. The city of rings is located in the eastern and plain zone of Bolivia at 416 m above sea level. Santa Cruz is the fastest growing province in Bolivia and it is often referred to as the “economic lung of the Bolivian economy”.
It has a population of more than 2.5 million and it is the perfect location for student recruitment, with a large number of public and private high schools and universities. Santa Cruz has several bilingual schools and the EducationUSA center itself is located at Centro Boliviano Americano, English Institute with more than 7,000 students that register for English courses every 17 days. The strong network of educational advisers in Bolivia will be happy to welcome you to our country and will assist you in having a successful recruitment fair. Last year we innovated providing pre-fair sessions to help students attending the fair understand the US Admission process, this year we are replicating our pre-fair sessions to ensure a successful fair.