2009 Programs and Events
U.S. Embassy Staff Reaches Out to Students in Provincial Cambodia
October 2009: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambong and Kampong Cham
In October Public Affairs Staff members Mr. Chau Sa, Cultural Affairs Assistant, and Mr. Bun Sambath, US Embassy Alumni Coordinator, traveled to several different universities in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambong and Kampong Cham in order to encourage students to apply for the Embassy’s exchange programs and to help train and administer staff from these institutions on how to administer mock TOEFL exams. Several Fulbright alumni who specialize in English language instruction generously gave of their time and joined in on the sessions.
The mock TOEFL tests turned out to be incredibly popular among the student population and in each setting over 500 undergraduates participated in the exam. The mock test closely mimics the version that the students pay for and offers them a risk free way to evaluate their current language capabilities before committing the funds needed to take the actual exam. Computer or paper based TOEFL scores are required for all of the Embassy’s exchange programs.
The program alumni assisted in administering the test and afterwards gave the students pointers on how to study for the exam and to increase their reading and listening comprehension. The students were also treated tales of their experiences while studying in the U.S. – these types of exchanges are invaluable for prospective applicants as they give them an unvarnished account of what to expect while studying in the United States.
For those who are interested in learning more about our educational exchange programs please visit here.