Suggested Activities for Campus Visits 

Meetings with current international and domestic students (at the associates, undergraduate, and graduate levels as applicable) can be one of the best resources of information on the academic and social experience on campus.

Campus locations to visit and resources to pursue from campus visits include: 

Admissions Office
Be sure to ask questions to determine:
  • Overview of the Admissions Process
  • Common reasons why international student applicants are accepted or rejected 
  • How the transfer evaluation process works
  • How overseas academic credentials are evaluated
  • Policies on early admissions/early decision/early action
  • Expectations regarding: standardized tests, academic background, letters of recommendation, essays/personal statements, financial requirements
Financial Aid Office
  • Inquire about the availability and award process at the Financial Aid Office
International Student Office
Advisers meet with international student advisers to:
  • Discuss the structure, role, and activities of the office
  • Observe advising in process
  • Compare advisers’ pre-departure orientation programs with university orientation programs focusing on content duplication and crucial topics that should be included
Campus Tour
Be sure to include dormitory, cafeteria, bookstore, library, classrooms, special facilities pertaining to in-depth research and that make the institution unique, etc.
Adviser Presentations
Advisers may make presentations to the campus community on the EducationUSA network and services for students and U.S. institutions, educational systems in the advisers’ home countries, cultural, social, and economic factors that impact international students’ decisions about whether/where to study in the United States, the adviser’s role in preparing students for the visa application process, testing issues, etc.
Classroom Visits
Advisers learn about classroom environment and culture including U.S. faculty expectations regarding classroom participation, assignments, attendance and punctuality, interactions with professors in the classroom and during office hours, academic integrity, etc.
Health Center
Advisers learn about the healthcare services available on campus and how international students can access them.
Campus Security
Advisers learn what safety/security issues and what services are available on campus.
Campus Ministry/Religious Center
Advisers learn about how the university supports students from all faith traditions.
Other Centers of Special Interest
  • Support Services
  • ESL
  • Tutoring 
  • Study Abroad office (discuss possibility of doing internships at EducationUSA advising centers)
Career Services Office
Advisers meet with career services staff to learn about office programs and activities.
Departmental Visits
  • Meet with faculty members
  • Receive an overview of the athletic department and the availability of athletic scholarships
  • Receive an overview of the graduate assistant selection process (where applicable)
  • Meet with website coordinator to discuss strategies for reaching international student populations through the institutional website and social media campaign
Checklist for Campus Hosts
  • Contact advisers in advance to obtain their program objectives
  • Provide information on weather, food, and accommodations
  • Make local/logistical arrangements (travel to site, transportation, lodging, meals)
  • Confirm meetings and brief all who will be meeting with advisers
  • Arrange pickup to and from airport
  • Identify nearby clinic or pharmacy