EdUSA assists Filipino students who want to pursue studies in US

Photo from the US Embassy on the Philippine website

The United States Embassy in the Philippines aims to support more Filipino students to continue their higher education in the United States with the help of Education USA (EdUSA), its student guidance arm that provides information for aspiring international students.

With the digital transformation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, his efforts to advise Filipino students on higher education in the US have also moved online, allowing better access to students in remote areas.

US Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer Nina Lewis said that in the past year, they have seen an increase in the number of inquiries regarding students’ interest in applying to universities in the US for their undergraduate education.

“Now that more people are online and using the internet and social media to have these discussions, we have been able to work with many students in remote areas. We really look forward to seeing these students succeed in the application process and be able to go to the United States.”

Lewis said an education in the United States would be of value to Filipino students, as it would provide them with an opportunity to work in a global environment that encouraged intercultural communication.

“Our universities are known around the world for their academic rigor – they are accredited by major accrediting bodies who make sure that the level and quality of teaching will give students a diploma from these institutions come out with a real knowledge base. The diploma is very valuable abroad, and this job market is wide open.”

In the recent Education USA application campaign, some students raised concerns about feeling insecure, coming from public high schools, expressing that they might not be able to accept their background.

Lewis encouraged students to take advantage of their opportunities to apply to their target schools.

“We recently launched an honors program and what we aim to do is target Filipino students and help them through the five steps of studying in the United States. We find students from public schools who come from low-income families that we believe you have the academic background and a good understanding of not only to apply and be accepted into US universities. , but hopefully who will be able to get financial aid or scholarships that can either meet 100 percent of their needs or fully fund their education in the U.S. We’re going to take a group of 10 students, and we’ll provide funding for them to do things like take standardized tests, pay the application fee, and move on Go ahead through the whole process,” she said.

The American diplomat stressed that Education USA will guide aspiring American students through the application process to help them meet the requirements of universities and colleges, and even obtain financial support for institutions.

“I highly encourage anyone interested in studying in the United States to visit Education USA, our official source of information for higher education in the United States. Here you can learn about the five easy steps to study in the United States,” Lewis added.

She emphasized that the information available on their website was “totally free and unbiased” – to help students find their best match.

As proof of their commitment to helping Filipino students, I have cited since 2019 their advice receiving over 115 million pesos in financial aid from American higher education institutions to study in the USA, however, Education in the USA itself does not offer scholarships to students.

“There are a lot of essay writing competitions to fund American universities, we’ve seen Filipino students do well on the writing parts, and I’ve seen students in the past who write compelling essays — they won’t cover the entire education, but in terms of financial aid, they can get a few thousand dollars. And with a strong English background, Filipino students can do well in these,” she added.

Lewis said US universities and colleges themselves have also recognized the challenges posed by the pandemic and have adjusted their entry requirements, as some students are unable to take standardized exams because some testing centers are temporarily closed.

Students interested in applying as international students are advised to contact Education USA and hold a one-on-one session with their advisors to discuss how to achieve their admission to US schools.

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