U.S. Consul General, Clifford Hart met with Kitty Wu of Litz USA Student Service in a 2014 banquet

U.S. Consul General, Clifford Hart encourages Hong Kong students to Study in USA on one occasion in 2014. The Consul General told Kitty Wu of Litz USA Student Service that “Hong Kong Students are very important to us.”

Note: Consul General Clifford A. Hart, Jr.

Mr. Clifford A. Hart assumed his responsibilities as Consul General of the United States of America to Hong Kong and Macau beginning on July 30, 2013.  Over his 30-year diplomatic career, Ambassador Hart's overseas experience includes three assignments to China and one each in the Soviet Union and Iraq.  Ambassador Hart holds a master's degree from the University of Virginia, where he was a President's Fellow. He also has pursued Chinese language training in Taiwan.



The 2011/2012 academic year the number of international students in the USA rose to an all-time high of 764,495, representing a 31% increase in the past decade.

So why do so many international students choose U.S. colleges and universities?

Academic Excellence

The United States has one of the world’s finest university systems, with outstanding programs in virtually all fields. At the undergraduate level, excellent programs exist in traditional disciplines, as well as in professional fields. 

Global Education and Long-Term Career Prospects

Experience in an international setting is a marketable commodity. Many employers seek the wide range of knowledge, adaptability and experience that international students acquire by studying in the United States.

Companies in the U.S. are increasingly seeking to become a strong presence in the global marketplace. They often look to hire employees who not only have multi-cultural language skills, but those who can also help communicate, negotiate and conduct business across different cultures.

The United States is not the only country seeking strong candidates when hiring; international students are in high demand elsewhere, as well. In recent years, international companies have become much more proactive in recruiting from the pool of strong international student graduates. Your long-term career prospects can be enhanced by your experiences through the development of self-confidence, independence and cross-cultural skills - attributes which are in high demand with employers worldwide. 

Variety of Educational Opportunities

The United States is home to several thousand colleges and universities, boasting at least ten times as many campuses as in any other country. You can usually find several schools to choose from, no matter how specific or unusual your needs may be. 


Although many programs are highly structured in that specific coursework requirements must be met, you will generally be able to find a wide variety of course choices to meet those requirements. For example, liberal arts coursework for an undergraduate program will include (among others) classes in languages and mathematics, but you will often have several options from which to choose insofar as which language class you take, or which area of mathematics appeals most to your interests and skills.

At the advanced stages of a degree, or if you are pursuing a graduate degree, you will be able to tailor your coursework to fit your specific academic goals, needs and interests. When you choose topics for independent study for a graduate thesis or dissertation, you can emphasize ideas that are important to you, your field and your country.

Support Services for International Students

Many international students find that the college and university international student office is a great help in helping them adapt to a culturally and academically different environment. The international student office will assist students like you, and there is often a wide range of student services that they provide

Campus Life Experience

When you continue your studies in the U.S., you are making a choice to broaden not only your educational experience, but your cultural opportunities, as well.

Whether you attend a small, private college in a small town or a university situated in the middle of a large urban area, most universities offer a variety of student clubs and organizations to match the wide array of student interests. You can have the opportunity to immerse yourself in American culture, meeting new people and making new friends, through different organizations and associations.

International students often find that the international student office is a good starting point for campus offerings, as well as the campus student center. Your time studying abroad can be enriched by taking part in the social and cultural scene surrounding you, and you will likely find that U.S. campuses provide a rich variety academic, cultural and athletic activities that add new dimensions to your life.