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American Samoa


American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, 2500 miles southwest of Hawaii (about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand), and southeast of the independent state of Samoa (formerly known as Western Samoa). The capitol of American Samoa is Apia and the population is 55,000.

As a territory of the United States, all schools follow the US education system. K-12 education falls under the American Samoa Department of Education. Higher education accreditation in American Samoa falls under the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The language of instruction in American Samoa is English.

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N.B. American Samoans are US nationals, but not U.S. citizens, i.e., they can neither vote nor hold elective office. But, as U.S. nationals, American Samoans may travel to and from the United States without a visa.


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