US-bound Bruneian students opt for STEM courses

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MOST of the Bruneian students studying at United States higher education institutions took Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses.

In an interview with EducationUSA Advisor yesterday during the US Higher Education fair, Maya Robles said more than 100 students from Brunei applied for visa to further their studies in the States for the year 2014/2015.

Robles attributed the increase in STEM courses enrollment amongst Bruneians to the Optional Practical Training (OPT) made available for foreign graduate students in the US.

She said foreign graduate students are allowed to do extended practical training through OPT, upon successfully completing their degree programmes in the States.

Robles added that the OPT programme will enable Bruneian students to work in the States while they are in university and for another 17 months after they graduate, adding that working in the US will give students the exposure and global experience they need.

According to Robles, most Bruneians there are enrolled in universities located in California, Florida, Arizona, Washington, Texas and Minnesota.

The US education advisor added that admission process is now made more convenient as Bruneian students are not required to sit for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

However, she said some American universities may require Bruneian students to sit for International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

“If you have taken either language tests, we encourage you to submit scores as additional evidence of your academic performance and English proficiency. This is because we want to be sure that students are able to academically cope with the education system in the states,” she said.

About half of the total number of students that had applied last year were undergraduates students, while the remaining were postgraduate students.

The Brunei Times