So You Want to Study in America? EducationUSA is Here to Help!

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Media Advisory | July 28, 2017

“I always knew I wanted to study in America, but I was directionless as to how and when to apply.  Working with EducationUSA helped me to submit good applications, on time.  Without the help of EducationUSA, I am sure I would not have gotten in!”  This is how Jayna Goldstuck, a King David High School alumna, describes her journey to being accepted as a film and television production student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.  Jayna is leaving for the United States in less than two weeks and will be joined by more than 65 students who, with the help of EducationUSA advisers, will be pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in disciplines that include computer science, divinity, accounting, animal science, chemical and aerospace engineering, law, and international human rights law.

Researching American universities, managing deadlines, studying for language tests and submitting lengthy applications can be a daunting experience for South Africans – it certainly is for American students!  The team of EducationUSA advisers in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town assists South African students with the process every year, guiding undergraduates and postgraduates alike through the entire application process.  EducationUSA offers accurate, current and comprehensive information about all accredited U.S. higher education institutions through orientation sessions and individual consultations, and maintains collections of useful publications for use by anyone interested in studying in the U.S.

Claire Powell, the EducationUSA Adviser at the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg, explained the role EducationUSA plays in helping organize and prepare students for the application process.  “We are not a scholarship program, but, as advisers, we walk the extra mile to help eligible South African students to apply competitively to U.S. universities and colleges, and also prepare them by offering workshops on studying for the SAT, and importantly for many, how to apply for financial aid.”  Claire said that EducationUSA also remains in contact with students as they pursue their degrees.

Another “graduate” of EducationUSA advising is Chatania Meyer, who is currently a pre-med student at University of Georgia.  “I knew I wanted to study in America and EducationUSA was the starting foundation for me.  I would recommend anyone wanting to study in the U.S. to attend an information session and workshops.  They not only give you an overview of what to expect, and peace of mind, but also help you to improve your time management and comprehension skills, which will prepare you for the vigorous academic curriculum at universities in the U.S,” Chatania said.  Now an on-campus ambassador for South Africa on her university campus, Chatania encourages matriculants and Grade 11 learners to consider studying in the U.S., as it allows you to “broaden your horizons, experience American culture, and meet new people.”  Her favorite thing about the U.S?  Going to football matches and enjoying Southern hospitality!

For Luka Radosavljevic, the notion of studying in the U.S. was like a dream.  “My EducationUSA Adviser helped to clear up the application process and her incomparable knowledge of financial aid helped me to earn a full scholarship to Cañada College!”  The opportunity to study computer science on a full scholarship means that Luca’s dream has become a reality.

“Applying to U.S. universities with the help of EducationUSA made the application process clearer and allowed me to meet other South African students who were also going to America,” said Karabo Robaya, a Pretorian who studied accounting on a full scholarship at Alabama State University, graduating summa cum laude.  Now, back in South Africa, Karabo is one of the youngest trainee financial managers at one of the country’s leading motor retailers.  “As a result of my education in the U.S., I bring a global view to the table and this is something our country needs,” Karabo said.

Each year, approximately 1,700 South African students enroll at U.S. colleges and universities.  “U.S. higher education institutions are recognized worldwide for the quality of their programs, faculty, and facilities.  Their emphasis on leadership and providing a global perspective are often two of the most appealing qualities for South African students.  We are always thrilled to see South African students take advantage of our academic offerings in the U.S., and then return to South Africa to contribute in government, business, civil society, health, and many other sectors,” said Elizabeth McKay, U.S. Embassy Pretoria Chargé d’Affaires.  EducationUSA is funded by the U.S. Government and has advising centers at U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world.

This year, thanks to the help of EducationUSA, South African students will be studying at (among others):  Yale, Columbia, University of Michigan, Notre Dame, and Franklin & Marshall College.  If you want to find out more about studying in the United States, visit www.educationusa.state.gov or contact an EducationUSA advising centers near you!  Information sessions and workshops will be starting soon for Grade 11 students interested in starting their studies in the U.S. in 2019.  All sessions are free of charge.

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