As we continue to cover special topics on higher education in the United States under this column, many of our readers have approached us asking how they can connect with our office if they have any questions regarding US university applications.
So, in today’s column, we tell readers about the EducationUSA program, the services the program offers, and the kind of help students can receive from EducationUSA advisors while they work on their US college applications. .
EducationUSA, supported by the US Department of State, is a global network of more than 400 counseling centers in 170 countries. The program is designed to provide international students with accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information about higher education opportunities in the United States.
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India hosts eight EducationUSA centers located in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad. The city of Hyderabad is home to two centers.
Regardless of the type of program a student plans to pursue in the United States (short-term or degree program), EducationUSA has the resources to help students navigate the application process through the “5 Steps to Study in the USA” from EducationUSA.
EducationUSA provides many resources and services for students, including:
• Personalized advice from highly trained EducationUSA counselors
• Review of essays and statements of intent
• Specialized briefings on the “5 Steps to Studying in the United States,” including student visa sessions with U.S. Embassy and Consulate visa officers
• Access to library resources. Students can access our reference libraries for free for 20 hours per week (currently unavailable due to Covid-19)
• Access to profiles of students currently studying in the United States
• Sessions with representatives of American universities
• US college education fairs, graduate fairs and mentorship sessions with high achieving students
• Weekly webinars
• Access to test prep materials for GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, SAT, ACT, AP through our central libraries (in-person only)
• Internet access to conduct college research via our library centers (in person only)
• Information on financial aid available at US universities
Currently, EducationUSA offices provide virtually all of the above services. There are many ways a student or parent can connect with EducationUSA.
Audiences from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Odisha can log into one of two EducationUSA centers in Hyderabad – EducationUSA @USIEF Hyderabad ([email protected] / [email protected]) or EducationUSA @Y-Axis Foundation [email protected]). The full list of weekly EducationUSA activities can be found at this link https://www.usief.org.in/images/pdfs/EducationUSA-
Students can also follow the EducationUSA India Facebook/Instagram pages https://www.facebook.com/EducationUSAIndia https://www.instagram.com/educationusaindia/. Visit the official websites: https://educationusa.state.gov and www.USIEF.org.in. Also, please follow Facebook and
U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad Twitter accounts for EducationUSA announcements in the region. EducationUSA India has also recently launched its mobile app which you can download from Google or Apple App Store.
(Monika Setia is Regional Officer and EducationUSA Advisor at the United States-India Educational Foundation based at the US Consulate General, Hyderabad. Please visit https://educationusa.state.gov/centers/educationusa-usief-hyderabad for more information. information)
Questions and answers
Q1. What is the difference between the MPA and MPP program in the United States?
In American universities, at the graduate level, students can pursue a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) or a master’s degree in public policy (MPP). In an MPA program, students develop their understanding of policy implementation, project execution, and program management. The MPA course curriculum includes topics such as human resources, budgetary and financial processes, information systems, formulation, implementation and evaluation of policies and programs, ethics, decision-making decision and problem solving, political and legal institutions and processes, economic and social institutions, and organization and management concepts and behaviors.
The MPP program, which emphasizes research and analysis, focuses on the analysis of data, the analysis and evaluation of political problems, and the development of solutions to political problems. Thus, the curriculum of an MPP program includes subjects such as microeconomics, public finance, statistics and advanced data analysis, qualitative research, politics of the political process, policy analysis, public management, urban policy and program evaluation.
Students also have the option of combining the MPA and MPP programs with each other or with another graduate program, allowing them to earn two degrees in a shorter duration compared to pursuing two degree programs. distinct.
Q2. Our daughter was admitted to undergraduate programs in the United States. We have heard of SEVIS – what is it?
SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. SEVIS is an Internet platform that maintains information about international students and exchange visitors and their dependents before and during their stay in the United States. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) – which is a program of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – administers SEVIS. All international students pursuing their higher education in the United States must pay the SEVIS fee prior to their scheduled student visa interview.
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