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France and Portugal Education Fairs – Sept/Oct 2017

Meet Students, Potential Partners, and Attend Meetings Designed to Help Your Institution Penetrate the Markets
The program includes embassy briefings, site visits, meetings with potential partners, student fairs, and networking events in Porto, Lisbon, Paris, Bordeaux, Rennes, and Lyon***. At each primary stop, participants will have the opportunity to sign up for individualized one-on-one appointments in advance.

Why Portugal and France?
Portuguese students are actively seeking study abroad opportunities, and highly value educational opportunities in non-EU countries, namely the United States (US). Students from Portugal study primarily at the undergraduate level at 45%. Graduate and practical training draw 33% percent, and 22% pursuing optional practical training or non-degree programs such as English language or short-term studies.

Education abroad has increasingly become an important factor for French university graduates seeking to stand out in the employment market. English is now effectively the business language of Europe. Best prospects within this sector include intensive “American” English language classes; programs in business administration; one-year program for French high-school graduates (post baccalaureate) usually between graduation and entry into French university and work/study programs (internships).

Who Can Participate?
U.S. universities and colleges that are appropriately accredited and in good standing by an authority recognized by the US Department of Education; offering undergraduate, graduate, and study abroad programs. Market potential will also be taken into consideration.

Tour Dates and Stops:


September 28- October 4, 2017

Thurs – Porto, Portugal
Fri- Sat- Lisbon, Portugal
Sun- Portugal or France
Mon-Tues- Paris, France
Wed- Breakouts to Bordeaux, Rennes, or Lyon

Participation Costs*

§ $3,100 non-profit institution

§ $3,200 for-profit institution

§ $500 for each additional representative
*Expenses for travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each participant unless otherwise noted.

Deadline to Apply – July 31, 2017

Application Process: Institutions are requested to submit interest via email to the U.S. Commercial Service points of contact listed below. After review, an International Trade Specialist will contact the applicant to discuss and review objectives and targets. If found to align with the tour program, a formal application will be sent. Completed and signed applications will then be reviewed by US Commercial Service to assess and confirm market potential. Notification will be made within six weeks of submission. A payment request will be sent at the time of acceptance. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is at capacity. Until payment is received, there is no guarantee of participation.

**Acceptance of eligible schools is limited to 20 schools on a first-come, first-served basis.

***Participants are required to attend events in Porto, Lisbon, and Paris. Breakouts in Bordeaux, Rennes and Lyon will be based on a mutual matchmaking process to determine best market potential.

For more information:

Susan Sadocha
Director
U.S. Commercial Service -- Long Island, NY
(516) 427-9117
Susan.Sadocha@trade.gov

Amy Ryan
Sr. International Trade Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service – Atlanta, GA
(404) 815-1748
amy.ryan@trade.gov

Kristi Wiggins
International Trade Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service -- St. Louis, MO
(314) 260-3787
Kristi.Wiggins@trade.gov

U.S. Commercial Service Global Education Team

Located in over 100 offices throughout the US and in Embassies and Consulates around the world; we have Education Specialists throughout the world who can:

  • Counsel and advise on market selection and understanding foreign students’ concerns.
  • Connect with agents, counselors, and partners.

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