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Advising and Student Services
The Advising and Student Services Branch (E/ASA) promotes the international exchange of students and scholars by providing support for a network of educational advising centers located in nearly every country of the world. E/ASA works to strengthen the administration of international educational exchange between the United States and other countries, and facilitates cooperation between educational advisers overseas and their counterparts at U.S. academic institutions.

Overseas Educational Advising

Over 400 educational advising centers in the worldwide USIA network provide international students and scholars with information on the U.S. educational system, and, if appropriate, for applying for admission to a U.S. college or university. E/ASA provides reference materials, equipment, training opportunities, and limited operational support to the network of centers. These centers may be found in a wide variety of institutions, including U.S. embassies, Fulbright Commissions, U.S. non-profit organizations with overseas operations, binational centers, local universities, private foundations, and other local institutions.

USIA-affiliated advising centers are designed first and foremost to provide general information, in print as well as in electronic formats, about the U.S. system of education. Secondly, they provide a clear explanation of the admissions process to an American college or university, usually through regularly scheduled presentations. The centers also offer individual advising, sometimes for a fee, to assist interested qualified students choose a course of study and institution best suited for them. Topics for which information is available at a center include:
  • profiles of U.S. institutions, including course descriptions
  • application procedures and strategies
  • financial assistance options
  • information on standardized tests required for admission such as TOEFL, SAT and GRE.
Advisers at USIA-affiliated centers provide impartial, accurate information about the full range of accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States and do not serve as agents or recruiters.

A network of eight Regional Educational Advising Coordinators (REACs) provides expertise and field-based support, training and liaison for educational advisers in the USIA network.

U.S. Domestic Activities

International students make a significant contribution to U.S. academic life by enhancing the diversity on campuses, bringing a fresh perspective, introducing American students to different cultures and, finally, by making a substantial contribution to the U.S. economy. In recognition of the importance of international exchange and the contributions of non-sponsored (i.e., not U.S. Government-funded) students, E/ASA supports various activities designed to make their experience in this country a rewarding one.

The Branch works with partner organizations to strengthen the services that support international students and scholars on U.S. campuses, and funds professional development and training for foreign student advisers, admissions personnel, and others at U.S. universities and colleges. The Branch also seeks to introduce students to American society and culture through seminars, home-stays, volunteer opportunities and
other activities.

USIA provides information to international education professionals through supporting the development of various publications, including Open Doors, the annual census of the international academic community in the United States, and Advising Quarterly, a journal for
educational advisers.

In further recognition of the importance of wide participation in international exchange, USIA promotes study abroad for U.S. students.

Cooperative Agreements

The Branch does not fund individuals directly but develops cooperative agreements, usually including funding, with organizations to fulfill the activities outlined above. Agreements fall into the general categories of support for overseas advising centers, international student enrichment programs, and professional development for international education professionals. In keeping with the practice of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the majority of the Branch's cooperative agreements are competed through an announcement in the Federal Register at least every three years.

For additional information on grant opportunities, please contact the Branch or consult the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' list of open Requests for Proposals.

Advising and Student Services Branch (E/ASA)
United States Information Agency
Room 349
301 4th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20547
Tel: 202-619-5434
Fax: 202-401-1433
E-mail: advise@usia.gov hr

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