Education USA Academy

The Educational Information and Resources Branch (“EducationUSA”) of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA/A/S/A) is pleased to announce the 2018 EducationUSA Academy which will be hosted by 11 U.S. universities and colleges in the summer session, and two campuses in the winter.

The EducationUSA Academy is a two-to-four-week pre-college academic enrichment program for 15- to 17-year-old students who are foreign nationals and intermediate to advanced English speakers.

The 2018 Academy will include the following campuses:

  • Diablo Valley College (CA),
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (FL),
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD),
  • Montana State University (MT),
  • Northwestern University (IL),
  • Syracuse University (NY),
  • Temple University (PA),
  • University of Alabama-Huntsville (AL),
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO),
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA), and
  • University of North Georgia (GA).

Participating students will explore the process of preparing successful college applications as they build college-level academic skills. They will also have the opportunity to experience student life and gain a better understanding of the U.S higher education system. Each institution normally hosts 15-20 students but larger groups are also possible, including groups sent as a unit by governments or institutions abroad. The program also includes customized visits to diverse college and university campuses in the vicinity of the host institution in order for students to gain an understanding of the wide range of institutions available to them. Programs include exposure to large state institutions, smaller private colleges, HBCUs or other minority-serving institutions, and community colleges. The Academy is an immersive English language program so students are expected to already have sufficient English language skills.

Each Academy host institution determines its own program dates, cost, application process and deadline, and English language assessment process. Students apply directly to the institution of their choice and pay their own program and travel costs. The program cost per student is between $4,000 and $6,000, which includes tuition, books and materials, room and board, health insurance, cultural activities, and campus visits. Airfare and visa fees are separate and must also be covered by students. The total average cost per student including tuition and other program costs, international airfare, in-country travel expenses for visa interviews and pre-departure orientations, and incidental expenses, is estimated to range from $7,000-$9,000.

EducationUSA’s long-term goal in establishing the Academy is to create a pipeline of international high school students who are prepared for and interested in undergraduate study in the United States by establishing a network of summer programs at participating U.S. colleges and universities. Over time, EducationUSA expects to expand the Academy Network of accredited host institutions. The program is implemented through a cooperative agreement with World Learning, Inc., and host institutions were selected through a competitive process.

Visit: ( for more information about summer 2018 EducationUSA Academy offerings including a list of host institutions, specialized programs, applicable fees, application procedures, and deadlines. From this site, you will be directed to each host campus website and instructed to follow that institution’s application process.

Please direct any questions to EducationUSA Program Officer Sydney Smith (

“This is not only an educational program—it also gives you the opportunity to explore America and its culture.”

2017 Academy Participant

“I wanted to learn how to write good essays both for academic purposes and admission essays, and I achieved that. I wanted to practice my English skills like listening and speaking, which I also improved. As well, I wanted to make new friends and learn about cultures around the world, and with this program I fulfilled both.”

2017 Academy Participant

“Before I came here I was afraid to be alone in America because my religion was different and I was coming from a Muslim country. But when I came here and met American people they talked to me and tried to get to know me. They were so friendly and polite. Now I have wonderful friends.”

2017 Academy Participant

“My goal was not only to get to know people from all over the world and their cultures but also get to know the U.S. education system. The lessons in the morning really gave us an idea of how to apply to a U.S. university and the tours gave us insights into different campuses. We had an amazing time.”

2017 Academy Participant

“Before the program, I had not considered studying in the States because of financial problems and accessibility, but now I know that there are opportunities and anything is possible.”

2017 Academy Participant