Yasmin flies the flag for Northern Ireland

Study USA student Yasmin Rawe (left) with Rosie Le Garsmeur from the British Council, at the Queens Student Guidance Centre, Belfast. INNT 32-512CON

Study USA student Yasmin Rawe (left) with Rosie Le Garsmeur from the British Council, at the Queens Student Guidance Centre, Belfast. INNT 32-512CON

Newtownabbey student Yasmin Rawe will jet off to the USA later this month to take her place on a business course at a university in Pennsylvania.

Yasmin, who is currently studying Business Studies at Ulster University, is heading to DeSales University after being selected to take part in the British Council’s prestigious Study USA programme.

The 20-year-old leaves for the US on August 22 and recently received last minute advice and information at a pre-departure meeting in Belfast, before preparing to for her year Stateside.

Speaking ahead of her departure, Yasmin said: “I’m nervous about going because it’ll be tough getting used to the change, but overall I’m just so excited because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“For me, getting international experience will make me more competitive as I’ll have to be able to communicate and understand other economies better, as well as make more connections which could help me if I start up my own business.

“I live at home and I’ve never studied abroad before so this will probably be difficult, but I’ve no doubt that I can handle it.”

The British Council, which is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, manages Study USA on behalf of the Department for the Economy.

This year, the scholarship programme will give 53 Northern Ireland students the opportunity to study business and management for a year in American colleges, across 34 States, where they will gain valuable international experience and business knowledge, helping to develop their career prospects when they return to Northern Ireland.

Speaking about the programme, David Alderdice, Director of the British Council Northern Ireland, said: “We know that the students departing for the US this year will be great ambassadors for Northern Ireland and will help to further long-term links and connections between our two countries.

“The students will have the opportunity to learn from leading experts in their field and their future employability will be enhanced through internships, Ambassadorial presentations, and volunteer work in a really international context. Most importantly, our students will build links with counterparts in the United States that will last a lifetime.”

For more information visit http://nireland.britishcouncil.org, email opportunity@britishcouncil.org or follow @BCouncil_NI on Twitter.