Thursday, March 17, 2011

EducationUSA: Your Source on U.S. Higher Education

Have you heard of EducationUSA? If you live outside the U.S., you definitely need to know who they are, what they do, and why EducationUSA may be your best resource for accessing higher education opportunities in the U.S.

Supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, EducationUSA is a global network of advising centers. Their mission is to promote opportunities to pursue U.S. higher education by offering comprehensive information and guidance to international students. Millions of prospective students visit EducationUSA’s more than 400 advising centers around the world each year.

How do I apply to universities in the U.S.?

What scholarships are available for me?

Who do I contact at U.S. universities about my disability-related needs?

How can I get disability-related accommodations to take the GRE, TOEFEL, or other required tests?

How do I get started? What workshops, education fairs, or resources are available?

These are the kinds of questions EducationUSA Advisors can answer for you!

International student who uses a wheelchair in front of Nicholas Cage's Hollywood StarConnections, the primary publication for EducationUSA Advisors, recently published an entire issue on advising students with all types of disabilities. “EducationUSA is committed to working with students with disabilities to increase the diversity of international students in the United States,” says Caryn Danz, Branch Chief of Educational Advising at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. “Every day EducationUSA Advisors…are going the extra mile to help people with disabilities understand their array of options and rights as a student when studying in the U.S.”

EducationUSA also administers or has information on U.S. Department of State Opportunity Grants for qualified international students who demonstrate financial need. These grants range from partial scholarships—to cover books, fees, testing, or other smaller expenses—to full program scholarships. Check with your local EducationUSA Advisor for more information on these grants.

All EducationUSA Advisors adhere to ethical standards, and are familiar with issues in your region. Whether you are from Colombia, Greece, Kenya, Uzbekistan, or any region of the world, there is likely an EducationUSA Advising Center near you that is excited to provide personalized information to make your international exchange to the U.S. happen. You can also access the EducationUSA Virtual Advising Center online for “advising without borders.”

Ready to plan your study in the U.S. or learn more? Use the links below to get started today!

Find an EducationUSA Advising Center

Ask Questions

Attend a Higher Education Fair

Search for Colleges and Universities

Attend a Pre-Departure Orientation

Join EdUSA Connects webinars

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