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Resources for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

February 17, 2015

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Academic Engagement (OAE) supports the DHS mission by building, improving and leveraging relationships with the academic community.
Through this ongoing series, read how OAE actively engages with the academic community in the United States and leads initiatives related to international students, among other key focus areas

On Dec. 3, DHS’s Study in the States program and the U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA partnered with the U.S. Department of Education’s White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for a webinar about the international student process

According to the U.S. Department of Education, HBCUs are accredited institutions of higher education, established prior to 1964, with the mission of educating black Americans. Today, HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents. 
International students may study at Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified HBCUs. Currently, there are 98 SEVP-certified HBCUs with more than 8,000 enrolled F-1 students.
  • Top five countries of origin for HBCU international students: Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, India, Bahamas, Jamaica.
  • Primary education level for HBCU international students: Bachelor's Degree.
  • Top five majors for HBCU international students: Business Administration and Management, Computer Science, Biology/Biological Sciences, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and Accounting.
For more information on HBCUs and how your school can enroll international students, visit Study in the States
To learn more about the Office of Academic Engagement, visit its website. You can also sign up to receive monthly updates from the Office of Academic Engagement at


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