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Study USA, formerly known as the Business Education Initiative, is managed by British Council Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department for the Economy, and sees students gain valuable international experience and business knowledge, developing their career prospects when they return to Northern Ireland.

Since its formation in 1994, the initiative has sent over 2000 students from Northern Ireland to all four corners of the United States where they have successfully completed a year studying business at one of 140 institutions.

Successful applicants will receive a scholarship funding package worth approximately £35,000.

Ulster University student, Zoe Clarke, is currently spending a year out at Warren Wilson College, Asheville North Carolina as part of the Study USA 2019-20 programme.

Prior to her departure, the Interactive Media Student said:

“This experience will benefit me immensely; as coming from a media background I have never studied business, so I’m looking forward to learning new skills and studying a new subject. I’m also looking forward to boosting my confidence through solo traveling, making new friends and adjusting to a new lifestyle.

When I arrive home, I plan to graduate from my degree and then either start working within the marketing industry or prepare to start my own business.”

Also speaking about the programme was Jonathan Stewart, Director, British Council Northern Ireland. He said: “Year on year we find that those who take part in the programme not only enhance their employability skills but also develop intercultural skills, which helps them to prepare to work in a global economy.

“Throughout its 25-year history Study USA has enabled students to become great ambassadors for Northern Ireland and helped strengthen cultural, economic and educational links and connections between the two countries and I would encourage those from a range of subjects to apply as you never know where this opportunity may lead.”

Ulster University students interested in applying for the 2020-21 programme can find the full eligibility criteria and apply online now.

The deadline for applications is Monday, November 11th 2019.

Get more information on the British Council Northern Ireland website.

Twitter: @BCouncil_NI