Educational Advising

The U.S. Embassy’s educational advising program at the American Cultural Center belongs to the EducationUSA network of educational advising centers supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

EducationUSA Advisers provide accurate, current & comprehensive information on educational opportunities in the United States. We do not endorse or rank any college or university, nor do we endorse services provided by any company or organization in areas of test preparation, admissions, placement, language training, or visa procurement.

Advising Services and Resources

Personal consultation hours (by appointment only):

  • Mon: 14:00–16:30
  • Wednesdays: 09:00–13:00 and 13:45–16:30 (closed 13:00–13:45)
  • Fri: 09:00–12:45
  • Closed on U.S. and NAM public holidays

N.B. Attendance of a Study in the U.S. General Information Session is a prerequisite for a one-on-one consultation.

Telephone consultation hours:
10:00 am–12:00 pm, Monday–Friday only

General Information Sessions

Undergraduate & Postgraduate: Every First Monday of every month from 14:00 to 17:00

  • Information on over 4,100 accredited institutions of higher education in the U.S;
  • Test registration and practice tests for TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT;
  • Computer workstations for Internet searches on U.S. study;
  • Guides to Funding Sources for U.S. study;
  • Guides to Essay Writing
  • Group Sessions
  • Cohort/Membership Advising

Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study

EducationUSA’s “Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study” guides international students through the steps to apply and be admitted to U.S. colleges and universities. This guide provides free advice about applying to undergraduate, graduate and English-language programs, and short-term educational opportunities.

1. Research Your Options

  • Define your priorities
  • Familiarize yourself with U.S. degrees
  • Learn about search options to explore thousands of accredited U.S. institutions

2. Finance Your Studies

The average cost of an academic year in the USA including tuition, fees and living expenses varies from US$15,000 to US$50,000 per year.  Students without their own finances must have excellent academic records in order to compete for the few available scholarships from colleges and universities.

The U.S. Embassy does not provide scholarships nor does it provide financial assistance for study in any local institution.

  • Develop a budget
  • Find ways to reduce educational costs
  • Search for scholarships and other financial aid

3. Complete Your Application

  • Manage the application timeline
  • Tackle application requirements, including required tests
  • Write personal essays or statements of purpose

4. Apply for Your Student Visa

  • Understand which forms are needed
  • Outline the visa application process
  • Feel prepared for your interview

5. Prepare for Your Departure

  • Know what to expect when you arrive
  • Ease into your new academic environment
  • Adjust well to U.S. culture and your new community

Individual Counseling

The EducationUSA Adviser provides individual guidance to prospective students in planning their education and career.  The Adviser also assists students on selection of schools and application procedures. Contact the EducationUSA Adviser to make an appointment.

Prospective students should come with photocopies of their academic certificates and a statement of purpose or a paragraph stating your career objectives.

Undergraduate Study

To pursue an undergraduate degree in the U.S. students should have a minimum of four (4) subjects at the high level, and the rest at the ordinary level on the Namibian National Senior Secondary Certificate.  Highly selective school and applications for scholarships require excellent high level and ordinary level scores. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), American College Testing (ACT) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required, as are letters of recommendation and personal statements.

Graduate Study

Applicants must possess a four year bachelor’s degree in good standing from a recognized local or overseas university.  The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) are required for admission, as are letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose and research interests.

Links About Financial Assistance

  • Schools which offer aid (including grants, loans, and jobs) to the largest numbers of international students;
  • NAFSA Association of International Educators.
  • Guides to Study in the U.S.

For more information about EducationUSA and study opportunities in the United States, please visit: http://educationusa.state.gov/