The EducationUSA network consists of hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries.
Centers may be located in U.S. embassies and consulates, or in a variety of partner institutions, including Fulbright commissions; bi-national cultural centers; U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) such as AMIDEAST and American Councils/ACCELS; and foreign NGOs, universities, and libraries. These centers share a common goal: assisting students in accessing U.S. higher education opportunities.
EducationUSA is committed to working with the full array of institutions, organizations, and individuals that advance opportunities for qualified international students to study in the United States. EducationUSA advising centers adhere to strict ethical practices in promoting all accredited U.S. colleges and universities and advancing students’ interests in identifying the institutions at which they are best positioned for success. Institutions must be accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. All centers follow EducationUSA policy guidance and the EducationUSA Adviser Principles of Good Practice.
Advising centers are staffed by EducationUSA advisers, many of whom have first-hand experience studying in the United States. Advisers adhere to EducationUSA ethical standards, and have U.S. State Department-approved training about the U.S. higher education system and application processes. Regional Educational Advising Coordinators (REACs) provide guidance, leadership and training to advisers. EducationUSA staff at the U.S. Department of State also partner with additional staff at the Institute of International Education (IIE) to support EducationUSA activities.
In addition to providing print and online materials at EducationUSA Advising Centers, advisers reach prospective student audiences through fairs and outreach events at local schools, universities, and other public venues. Extending outreach beyond personal interaction, the network reaches millions of students through websites, webinars, and social media platforms.