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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, recently helped promote the state of Tennessee as a destination for international students by co-hosting a webinar for international academic advisors as part of the US Department of State’s annual EducationUSA Forum.

EducationUSA promotes US higher education opportunities to international students and supports institutional leaders in attracting those students. Its forum typically brings up to 400 advisors from around the world to Washington, DC, but this year was held virtually.

The webinar was co-hosted by Study Tennessee, a consortium of 20 state institutions. It is the only program selected by the Department of State to host global education advisors.

“This was the first event created by Study Tennessee,” said Stephanie Sieggreen, UT’s director of international recruitment. “Our institutions collaborate and support each other’s efforts to promote Tennessee as a destination location for international students’ academic career options and to reach a vast network of educational advisors globally.”

The webinar highlighted the accessibility and affordability of Tennessee’s historically black institutions and community colleges as well as the ease of transferring to four-year universities.

The webinar also noted that UT, through the EducationUSA Academy and the university’s English Language Institute, is one of only 15 US institutions able to host high school students from around the world for short-term university experiences focusing on entrepreneurship.

“For UT Knoxville, hosting the event demonstrated our commitment to serving the state through collaborative efforts with state higher education institutions,” Sieggreen said.


Brooks Clark ( or 865-310-1277)