EducationUSA Academy: ‘Studying in the USA Was Always My Dream’

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EducationUSA Academy students at Montana State University.
EducationUSA Academy students at Montana State University.

EducationUSA Academy: ‘Studying in the USA Was Always My Dream’

Izadora Zetola from Brazil attended the EducationUSA Academy at Temple University in summer 2016 and will now study forensic science as an undergraduate at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Izadora Zetola of Brazil has just arrived in New York City, where she will soon be starting classes in forensic science as an undergraduate at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “Iza” credits the EducationUSA Academy at Temple University, which she attended in summer 2016, for her successful admission to John Jay. Iza is from Curitiba, Brazil, where she attended Bom Jesus, a private high school. About the EducationUSA Academy, Iza says, “Studying in the USA was always my dream. The program taught us about the application process to U.S. universities, which is very complicated…. I recommend the [Academy] program at Temple to everyone who would like to study in the USA.”

Ivan Camps Abad, from Leganes, Spain, will enroll as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania this fall on a full tuition scholarship. He plans to pursue a double major in physics and business. Ivan attended the EducationUSA Academy at Montana State University in summer 2017, funded by the U.S. Embassy in Spain. “The Academy provides an enriching environment that allows you to discover and challenge yourself, to build on your strengths and work on your weaknesses,” Ivan said. “Something invaluable as you apply to U.S. universities, write your essays, and define your goals and preferences.” Ivan was a member of the EducationUSA Competitive College Club in Spain, where he learned about the EducationUSA Academy.

Each summer, the EducationUSA Academy provides two to four week U.S. programs of college preparatory content including courses in various fields, English and academic writing courses, tours of diverse college and university campuses, and cultural activities for 15- to 17-year old, mostly self-funded students from around the world. The Academy provides international students with the opportunity to become more familiar with the U.S. higher education system, academic culture, campus life, and the college admissions process. This program creates a pathway for international high school students who may not otherwise have considered attending university in the United States. 

Ivan Camps Abad from Spain attended the EducationUSA Academy at Montana State University in summer 2017 and will now study physics and business as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sixteen U.S. university campuses from 14 states will host an EducationUSA Academy in 2019. Host campuses include a wide variety of institutions, from community colleges to research universities, each of them emphasizing different themes during the EducationUSA Academy, from sciences and entrepreneurship to the arts and humanities. Potential applicants can apply directly to the institution of their choice. The EducationUSA Academy website has a brief description of each institution’s program and links to the individual institution websites that contain more details about each program, such as applicable fees, application procedures, and deadlines.

"Hosting EducationUSA Academy students at Montana State University (MSU) was a fantastic opportunity for MSU students, faculty and staff, as well as for our local community. Our faculty were impressed with the students as they worked to define their personal and professional aspirations with an end goal of making a positive impact on the world. The optimistic energy these students brought to our campus was inspirational for all involved." 

Janelle Rasmussen, Director, International Training & Professional Development, Office of International Programs, Montana State University

EducationUSA is the U.S. Department of State’s global network of more than 400 educational advising centers in over 180 countries. EducationUSA is dedicated to promoting the 4,700+ accredited U.S. higher education institutions, and to helping students find the “right fit” by providing accurate and comprehensive information about American higher education options. EducationUSA also provides strategic guidance to American colleges and universities as they seek to engage and recruit students from overseas.

About the Author: Jennifer Brown is a Program Officer for EducationUSA in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.