EducationUSA Services

“We are home to the world’s best colleges and universities, where more students come to study than any other place on Earth. What’s more, we are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea – the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our own destiny. That is why centuries of pioneers and immigrants have risked everything to come here. It’s why our students don’t just memorize equations, but answer questions like “What do you think of that idea? What would you change about the world? What do you want to be when you grow up?” – President Obama, State of the Union Address, January 2011

Qualified international students are welcome at U.S. educational institutions and the U.S. is proud of having an educational system that attracts students and scholars from around the world.

EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries. The network promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States.

Our EducationUSA services are available to both members and non-members. These include drop in advising with the adviser, library access and group advising. We organize workshops on various topics pertinent to U.S. higher education to help students navigate the U.S. admissions process. For students who require extensive guidance in the application process, membership is required.

EducationUSA membership is open to qualified students and free of charge. Membership offers extensive advising services and access to all available educational advising resources such as: individual consultation, the lending library for test preparation materials, access to Opportunity Funds for highly qualified students, extended internet access, and an information package. Membership is open to currently enrolled high school students or recent (within one year) MSCE, A-level, or IB graduates with at least an aggregate of 14 points or comparable grades. Individuals who hold an undergraduate degree (with credit or distinction), or university students in their senior year of college with a record of outstanding academic achievement and preparation in their chosen field of study are eligible to apply for graduate membership. Membership application forms are available after the information session and one-to-one academic review.

EducationUSA membership is not a guarantee of admission or award of scholarship or financial assistance to study in the United States.

Non-EducationUSA members are welcome to use the services of the EducationUSA on a first-come, first-served basis. Non-EducationUSA members preparing to take any of the standardized tests and looking for preparation material  may apply for a study pass from the IRC librarian to give them on-site access to test preparation material.

World Connect Malawi in collaboration with the EducationUSA office at the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy – Lilongwe, seeks to identify and recruit 30 academically talented secondary school students to join the 2021 EducationUSA Scholars Virtual Program (ESP). Only students who are in their junior or senior year of secondary school or graduated from secondary school in 2019 are eligible to apply.

Our mission is to assist prospective undergraduates in navigating through the admissions process to U.S. colleges and universities to better their academic futures, with the goal of producing highly skilled and widely educated leaders to build tomorrow’s Malawi. EducationUSA Scholars will work with World Connect and EducationUSA from October 2020 to August 2021 to try and secure college admission and financial aid at U.S. colleges and universities.

The EducationUSA Advising Center works with students through regularly scheduled training sessions to assist them throughout the application process to secure admission and financial aid from universities in the United States. We expect a sincere commitment from the students to give back their energy and time to the program and to their communities.

We do not limit the program geographically; however, students must be able to reach our offices in Lilongwe as required for full participation. For now, World Connect and EducationUSA are monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Malawi and the safety and wellbeing of students is our priority. The program will begin with solely virtual programming until it is safe to move to in-center programming. For this reason, students must have access to the internet on a bi-weekly basis for the entire duration of the program for full participation.

Selection Criteria:

– Very Strong academic record/ transcript including excellent English and Mathematics grades;

– Involvement in leadership roles;
– Excellent community service or campus participation;

– A copy of all School Reports/Academic Forms/Exam Results from Form 1 upwards;

– One letter of recommendation

For further information and application procedures, visit: http://bit.ly/ESPMalawi2020 (email login required)

Application deadline: Friday October 30, 2020 at 11:59PM CAT.

Due of the high volume of applications expected, we will ONLY respond to those who are successfully selected to participate in the program.

ENTRANCE INTO THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION OR FINANCIAL AID TO STUDY IN THE U.S.