How EducationUSA Can Help You
EducationUSA advising centers in seven Indian cities conduct regular sessions for students to explain how to put together a strong application for an accredited U.S. institution.
The United States has over 4,500 accredited colleges and universities and hosts more international students (over 765,000) than any other country in the world. Over 100,000 of these are Indian students. This educational exchange provides a strong foundation for the partnership between our two countries and brings a wealth of talent and diversity to U.S. campuses where students share in creating the new ideas and knowledge that will help shape the 21st century. The U.S. government, along with the higher education community, is strongly committed to maintaining American campuses as gathering places for intellectual exchange and innovation.
To encourage international students to consider studying in the United States, the State Department supports the EducationUSA network of over 400 advising centers in more than 170 countries.
In India, EducationUSA advising centers, providing free or low cost services, are located in seven cities. The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) hosts advising centers in its offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, and will soon open a fifth center in Hyderabad. Look for EducationUSA@USIEF. EducationUSA advising is also available at Yashna Trust in Bangalore and at Indo-American Education Society in Ahmedabad.
Advisers conduct regular sessions for students and parents to explain the application process and how to put together a strong application for an accredited U.S. institution. The information provided by them is accurate, comprehensive and current. It helps students explore the full range of institutions—two-year community colleges, small liberal arts colleges, large state research universities, and other types—to find the one that best fits their needs.
The key to a successful application is making time to research, being organized and collecting necessary documents. EducationUSA advisers can guide students through the process, but students may also work independently using “Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study,” the international student section of the EducationUSA Web site at http://www.educationusa.state.gov/. This site has resources, checklists and guidelines on the requirements for degree programs and other study options.
An important goal for EducationUSA centers is to reach students wherever they live. In addition to “Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study” on our Web site, EducationUSA centers in India maintain Facebook pages that have over 50,000 fans. The centers regularly conduct webinars that feature representatives from U.S. institutions who help students understand the application process, financial aid possibilities and give a glimpse into student life on an American campus. Students may also use the toll-free help desk (1-800-103-1231, Monday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.) to speak to an adviser directly.
Another way EducationUSA helps students is by maintaining strong connections with U.S. colleges and universities. When admissions officers and recruiters from U.S. institutions visit India, EducationUSA works with them to maximize their interactions with Indian students. EducationUSA centers also organize annual education fairs. Check the Web site (http://goo.gl/mB4mf) for information on the upcoming USIEF-IIE-EducationUSA fair in September 2013 in New Delhi (9/7), Kolkata (9/8), Chennai (9/10), Hyderabad (9/14) and Mumbai (9/15). Students will have the opportunity to meet representatives from almost 50 U.S. institutions.
An important service that no accepted student should miss are the free predeparture orientations offered by all EducationUSA centers. These provide important advice on academic and cultural aspects of living and studying in the United States.
Elizabeth Thornhill is chief of the State Department’s EducationUSA Advising Branch.