EducationUSA: An Invaluable Resource

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Regional Educational Advising Coordinator for Africa, West & Central, Accra, Ghana

Questions are sure to come up while planning your education in the United States, including some that can’t be answered in books or on the Web. EducationUSA Advising Centers can help.

Planning to attend a university or college in America? You need someone who understands how to help students from your country search for the right school. You need tips for how to express your ideas and dreams in your application essays. You need someone who can help you navigate the financial aid process and help you prepare your student visa application.

In more than 400 cities around the world, you’ll find EducationUSA Advising Centers where professional, caring advisors are trained to help you attain your goals. They’ll take you step-by-step through the entire admission process, explaining procedures in terms familiar to you, usually in your own language.

EducationUSA Advisors specialize in helping students from your country make the transition to the United States. Their knowledge is cutting-edge, and they are sensitive to what works for students from your culture. They can help you maximize your chances of admission and keep you from making mistakes that could leave you behind.

How to locate your center

You’ll find EducationUSA Advising Centers through the U.S. Embassy (Public Affairs Section) or the Fulbright Commission in your country’s capital. Visit the EducationUSA website for a complete listing of locations.

EducationUSA Advising Centers serve millions of visitors each year, and research has shown that more students succeed through EducationUSA Advising Centers than through any other international education channel.

Visit your local advising center in person if you can. While it is helpful to start gathering information from the EducationUSA website, a personal visit can open up opportunities you hadn’t even thought about.

What is available

Advising centers offer orientation sessions—open to the public—on a wide variety of topics, such as how to select the right college, how to write application essays, how to prepare for standardized tests, and what to expect when you arrive on campus. They also offer individual advising, an ideal solution for those complicated questions you might have. Parents are welcome as well.

EducationUSA Advising Centers give you a chance to meet representatives from colleges and universities in the United States. Look for college fairs, tours, information sessions, and interviews that feature visiting admission personnel who can give you firsthand information about their institutions—and an inside edge as to how admission decisions are made.

A program you won’t want to miss is the EducationUSA center’s annual Pre-Departure Orientation, usually held in June or July. Here you will meet students from your country who have attended universities and colleges in the United States. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions that only they can answer—such as how to adjust to different classroom styles, how you can find your country’s foods in America, and more.

Help with your big decisions

With EducationUSA Advising Centers, you can be assured that you’re getting complete, up-to-date, and impartial information on all accredited institutions in the United States.

You can do research in the EducationUSA Advising Center library, which contains the most comprehensive and current publications on higher education in the United States. There you can take virtual tours of campuses on the Web, formulate your admission strategy, discover different majors as you read the university or college catalogue, and broaden your horizons through exposure to new ideas. You can also meet other students and learn from their experiences.

The confidence factor

After visiting the EducationUSA Advising Center in your country, you can enter a university or college in the United States confident that you are prepared for the adventures that lie ahead.

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