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Advising centers in the EducationUSA network provide one of three levels of service: Comprehensive, Standard, and Reference. When searching for an adviser or advising center, it is helpful to know the level of service you can expect. Disclaimer: Centers should meet the majority of requirements (not necessarily all) to receive the designation given to them by EducationUSA.
- Adviser & Center Requirements
- Adheres to Principles of Ethical Advising and Guidelines on Commission- or Incentive-Based Recruitment Agents.
- Has facilities and services accessible more than 20 hours per week, or sufficient to meet local demand at a comprehensive service level.
- Staffed with adviser who has a college degree (equivalent to U.S. bachelor's degree), U.S. study or work experience preferred, and who is proficient in spoken and written English.
- Serves as liaison with Public Affairs Sections of U.S. embassies & consulates, local government, other organizations.
- Is fully equipped (photocopier, printer, fax, TV/DVD, LCD projector, etc.) and maintains up-to-date reference materials.
- Services to Students
- Provides regularly-scheduled introductory public orientations on U.S. study, individual and group advising, information on financial aid, pre-departure information/orientations and other topics based on EducationUSA’s “Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study.”
- Offers virtual advising through email, the EducationUSA website, Skype, webinars, video conferencing, locally preferred social media, instant messenger, and/or other platforms.
- Provides internet access for college search.
- Organizes/participates in alumni group activities.
- Organizes and/or participates in college fairs, hosting an EducationUSA booth.
- Conducts outreach to local high schools and higher education institutions, and American Spaces.
- Provides information on local government and foundation scholarships.
- May serve as a testing facility for one or more standardized tests, and/or offers test preparation activities.
- Services to U.S. Higher Education Representatives
- Offers assistance to U.S. institutions in planning a visit.
- Maintains relationships with local high school counselors and university administrators, or ministry of education, and can facilitate communication with local secondary and tertiary institutions.
- Able to provide orientation on local educational system and compare U.S. and host-country systems.
- Able to verify ministry of education recognition/certification of local high schools and universities.
- Organizes public presentations for visiting U.S. representatives in the center or at off-site locations.
- Able to display university and college-provided admission materials.
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