I now understand what types of questions Indian students have about studying in the U.S. These include questions about TOEFL, SATs, GREs, American culture, funding, visa interview questions, etc. I have found that the number one worry students have is funding. Most students cannot afford to pay for a U.S. education unless they receive scholarship from a university or college. Thus the biggest part of any student's time at USEFI is preparing for exams so they will achieve high scores and qualify for scholarship. I have also found that the majority of students here are applying for engineering or their MBAs.
It is fascinating to see the excitement in students' eyes when they mention going to America for their higher education. To them higher education is like a dream that they have had for many years. As an American, it is somewhat disheartening that an American higher education can be taken for granted as many students do in America. I can remember my classmates skipping classes consistently because they didn't really care. I in fact skipped one too. I compare these students to the students I see applying for college in the U.S. and I am awestruck at the differences in attitude.
I have realized that this difference in attitude is what draws me to international education. These students want to be educated in America and are willing to work as hard and as long as possible to achieve an American degree. This makes me feel that any work I put into my future job will be worthwhile.
I have also found that USEFI is a unique place to work in Delhi because this organization is unlike other advising organizations. At USEFI students' hands are not "being held" through their application process. There are advisers here to assist the students, but the advisers do not do all the work for the students. I feel that this is a great experience for Indian students because they become more independent. Indian students I have talked to have gave me the impression that they have been "spoon-fed" by their parents. However in USEFI's environment, responsibility is put on the individual. I feel that this will give students independent experience which they can take with them when living and studying in the U.S.