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American Universities Arrive in London to Recruit Students from the UK

College Day is the largest American university fair in Europe. Held in partnership with University of South Florida, the event is taking place on 23 & 24 September at the ILEC Conference Centre in central London. 

The UK sends more students to the US than any other country in Europe (Open Doors 2015, IIE), and attendance at College Day has grown dramatically over the past few years. There were 4,700 attendees in 2015, and we are already predicting large crowds again this year, with over 5,000 registered a week before the event. 

A wide range of universities are exhibiting, hailing from 32 states across America. These institutions include all but one of the Ivy League universities, small private liberal arts colleges, large state flagship universities, women’s colleges, American university campuses abroad and community colleges. Nine of the top ten nationally ranked US universities will be in attendance, showing UK students are being targeted by leading higher education institutions in the US. There are 26 universities who are newcomers to the event.

“College Day is such a great experience because it makes you realise that studying in America could actually become a reality. Every institution in the US has its very own “personality” - it’s not just about finding the institution that has the most famous name, it’s about finding the college that is best fit for you. I feel that College Day was the first time I realised how different each university was and the opportunities that are out there across the pond.”

- Ben Keegan, a Liverpool Blue Coat School student
Every year we see more British students interested in studying in the US, and subsequently American universities are increasing their efforts to connect with pupils here. There are all varieties of universities coming across the pond this autumn, and all of them want to recruit UK students to their campuses.

- Jamie Dunn, Senior Executive Manager Advising & Marketing, US-UK Fulbright Commission
Increasingly UK students are realizing that not only are many of the top universities in the world in the United States but tuition costs are becoming increasingly competitive, even before scholarships are taken into account. Many universities such as the University of South Florida have state-of-the-art facilities and an academic curriculum carefully designed to develop globally competent students who are analytical problem-solvers. These are the essential skills employers seek across the globe! I would encourage UK students to experience first-hand the personal care and commitment to student success espoused by many US universities.

Dr Roger Brindley, Vice Provost, University of South Florida

A full list of exhibitors can be found in the USA College Day section.



Press enquiries:


Jamie Dunn
Senior Executive Manager, Advising and Marketing
US-UK Fulbright Commission - EducationUSA, 0207 498 4019

David Mannion
Communications Manager
US-UK Fulbright Commission - EducationUSA, 07846303956

University media enquiries

Dr Roger Brindley
Vice Provost and USF System Associate Vice President for USF World
University of South Florida, (001) 813 974 1218

Press are welcome to attend. Professional photographs of the event can be supplied. Interviews on the day with US universities and students can be arranged.