DURATION: 09/03/2015 - 09/30/2018
FUNDER: U.S. Department of State
CONTACT[email protected]

Program Description

The EducationUSA Academy is a pre-college academic enrichment program for international high school students offering specialized college preparatory content, college-level writing workshops, campus visits, and cultural activities.

Students gain an insider’s perspective on higher education in the United States while getting the chance to experience and enjoy campus life. Topics of study include high school and college grading systems, college credits, U.S. academic culture, types of U.S. higher education institutions, the common application, essay writing, classroom participation, standardized testing, and much more. Additionally, students have the opportunity to develop basic skills in critical thinking, working in teams, and leadership. By living in residence halls or with host families, sharing meals and socializing with American students, students fully experience life on a U.S. college campus. Academy students also tour diverse U.S. colleges and universities in addition to the campus that is hosting them. Academy students attend sports and arts events on campus and in their communities, and visit regional tourist sites, state parks, and museums. Prospective students apply directly to the Academy host institution of their choice and pay their own tuition, travel and other program-related costs. Program fees are between $4,000 and $6,000, depending on the institution and length of the program. This cost is inclusive of tuition, lodging and meals, campus visits, airport transfers, books and supplies, health insurance, and cultural activities. Airfare and visa fees are not included in the program cost and will be paid separately by the student.


Countries: Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Georgia, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Libya, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza

Program Goals

  • Provide international high school students opportunities to learn about U.S. higher education.
  • Help international high school students develop critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills.
  • Expose international high school students to U.S. life and culture.

For further information: [email protected]

“Through EducationUSA Academy, I made new friends from all over the world, I learned about the American education system and requirements for getting accepted to an American university, and I visited one of the most interesting places in the United States in a friendly and helpful group.” -2017 EducationUSA Academy participant

Student Eligibility

Participants must:

  • Be students (currently enrolled or recently graduated), ages 15-18 at the time of the summer program;
  • Have at least three years of middle to high school English language study (language requirements may vary slightly by institution);
  • Be mature and self-disciplined, with a commitment to active participation in the Academy and its programming;
  • Aspire to pursue a portion of their higher education in the U.S.; and
  • Have sufficient personal funds to cover program fees and international airfare.

More information is available from your local EducationUSA adviser. To find your local EducationUSA advising center, please visit the EducationUSA website.

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EducationUSA Academy is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.