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Knowledge Network UNITED STATES Promoting U.S. Higher Education Abroad The EducationUSA Advising Network By Shannon Bishop While the international student recruitment process in the U.S. is decentralized, with each institution setting targets and budgets individually, the EducationUSA advising network offers a cohesive approach, providing information on all aspects of U.S. higher education to students worldwide. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State coordinates EducationUSA—a global network of more than 450 advising centers. Located in 170 countries/territories, EducationUSA advising centers actively promote U.S. higher education around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, objective and timely information about educational opportunities in the U.S. and guidance to qualified individuals on the best way to access those opportunities. Centers are staffed by professional advisers, many of whom have studied in the U.S. themselves, and/or received State Department-approved training about the U.S. higher education system and the advising process. ECA provides these centers with vital reference materials, equipment, training opportunities and operational support. In addition, ten ECA-funded Regional Educational Advising Coordinators (REACs) based around the world contribute vital expertise and field-based knowledge to develop and strengthen the EducationUSA advising network. The REACs main duties include supporting the advisers, visiting and evaluating centers, and coordinating activities with centers in their region. To keep EducationUSA advisers current Educa on U.S. higher education, ECA sponsors regional confere conferences, meetings and practical training sessions. They also fund s EducationUSA Connections, a quarterly online publication which includes inforpublicat mation about higher education in the U.S., scholarship opportunities, specific scholarsh fields of study, best practices in advising and other topics. topi Though services vary depending on demand and number of staff, deman most centers offer one-to-one ce advising sessions in addition to group informational meetings. Some students meet with advisers upwards of 100 times from start to finish during the application process. Additional services include CV and essay writing seminars, translation and document verification, test preparation materials or courses, and predeparture orientation. Advisers may also organize higher education fairs, administer an online forum or maintain a database of center alumni. To round out the advising network, the EducationUSA website (http://educationusa.state.gov) links advising centers with prospective students and U.S. universities and provides valuable resources on U.S. higher education. The website includes information on topics such as accreditation, admissions, higher education fairs, financial assistance, frequently asked questions, student visas and testing. It also lists the location, address and contact information for each Education USA center, in addition to providing center-specific fact sheets which outline the services offered at each center and hours of operation. The EducationUSA network is also a source of innovative recruitment initiatives. The Opportunity Grants Initiative, a program designed to mitigate application costs for international students who http://educationusa.state.gov http://educationusa.state.gov

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2007

IIE Networker - Fall 2007
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Investing in Our Future: Reaching Underserved Audiences through International Academic Exchanges
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series A Conversation with Brown University President
National Policies for International Education
New Zealand
United Kingdom
Sponsored Students
Project Atlas: A Coordinated Approach to Measuring Global Student Mobility
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Fall 2007