Opportunity Funds Program
The EducationUSA Opportunity Funds program helps highly qualified students who lack the financial means to pay the upfront application costs, such as testing, application fees, or airfare but are likely to receive full financial aid from U.S. colleges and universities.
Each Opportunity Funds student is subjected to a selective evaluation process by an EducationUSA advisor, a Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC), and the Public Affairs Section of an American Embassy or Consulate. Opportunity Funds students contribute cultural and socioeconomic diversity to American campuses in addition to their academic skills. Since 2006, students with Opportunity Funds have been enrolled at more than 100 colleges and universities.
Opportunity Funds are distributed to more than 50 nations worldwide. The Department, ECA, and EducationUSA priorities, as well as the budget situation, all affect the list of participating nations, which varies a little bit each year.
If you are a representative of a U.S. higher education institution, request a login so you can get in touch with the regional educational advising coordinator for the region or regions that interest you and ask for additional details and a list of participating nations.
Education USA Academy
The EducationUSA Academy is a three- to four-week summer academic program for self-funded 15 to 17-year-old students from around the world that offers English language instruction, college preparatory material, tours of various colleges and universities, and cross-cultural activities. Students gain knowledge of the American secondary and higher education systems as well as the college and university admissions process, hone their leadership and critical thinking abilities, and take part in enriching cultural and social activities.
The long-term objective of the EducationUSA Academy is to provide international high school students who may not have thought about pursuing undergraduate study in the United States with a pathway into American higher education Academy .
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Open Courseware, and other free online courses are the topics of discussions facilitated by MOOC Camps.
They are held in public locations around the world, including American Spaces, consulates, and Embassies of the United States. Alumni of U.S. government exchange programs, such as the Fulbright program, and/or U.S. embassy/consulate staff who are familiar with the course materials volunteer their time to lead facilitated discussions.
Currently, more than 60 foreign embassies and consulates of the United States are taking part in MOOC Camps on topics like entrepreneurship, college writing, science, and technology. Major MOOC providers like Coursera, EdX, and Udacity as well as a number of Open CourseWare providers provide the course content.
Educator Training Centers in the USA
For EducationUSA advisers, there are several virtual training facilities available in the US. Please visit our implementing partner IIE’s website for more details.
Competitive College Clubs
Competitive College Clubs (CCC) are cohort-based advising programs that support the most talented students in their applications to selective American colleges and universities. CCC advisors put in a lot of effort to get students ready for the application process. Students in grades 8 through 11 who rank in the top 10% of their class are eligible for CCCs.
Students’ activities, such as study groups, intensive SAT and ACT preparation, reading assignments, lectures, and community service projects, are organized by CCC advisers.
In accordance with the terms of their contract, students are required to attend all meetings throughout the academic year and during the summer sessions.
Although there are no assurances that a CCC student will be admitted to a U.S. college or university, this intensive group advising gives motivated, top-performing students additional support. Additionally, some CCC students are eligible for the Opportunity Funds scheme.
Advisors from EducationUSA assist CCC students in creating a backup education plan in the event that studying in the US is not successful for them.