EducationUSA Advising Center

EducationUSA

Located in 170 countries, EducationUSA centers assist millions of international students acquire accurate, updated, and comprehensive information regarding higher education in the United States. Prospective international students are provided with the appropriate and necessary resources and guidance of how to apply to accredited U.S. colleges and universities. This includes information about application procedures, standardized test requirements, student visas, financial aid, and the full range of accredited U.S. higher education institutions.  The EducationUSA network is an official affiliate of, and is supported by, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Advising centers are staffed by EducationUSA advisers, many of whom have first-hand experience studying in the United States and have U.S. State Department-approved training about the U.S. higher education system and application processes.

EducationUSA Advising Center

The EducationUSA Advising Center in Mauritius is located in the United States Embassy in Port Louis. It falls within the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy and its major goal is to assist Mauritian and Seychellois students attain updated, accurate, unbiased, and comprehensive information on higher education in the United States. Students are encouraged to join the EducationUSA Advising Center as a member which allows them to access the EducationUSA library and the Information Resource Center, where study guides, reference books and cultural literature are made available.

For more information about EducationUSA and study opportunities in the United States, please visit www.educationusa.state.gov. For Frequently Asked Questions, click here (240 KB).

General Advising Session

Students (undergraduate and graduate) seeking information on higher studies in the U.S. for the first time are invited to attend a General Advising Session on higher education in the United States in accordance with the five steps as put forward by EducationUSA. These are: (1) Researching your options, (2) Financing your studies, (3) Completing your application, (4) Applying for your student visa, (5) Preparing for your departure. During these sessions, the EducationUSA Advisor will present a program of general information on the different processes and requirements needed for undergraduate and graduate university application in the U.S.

These general advising sessions will take place two Thursdays a month, on appointment only. The first session of the month will be held at the U.S. Embassy in Port-Louis from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The second session of the month will be held at the American Corner in the Carnegie Library, in the Municipality of Curepipe from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students are requested to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the starting time of the session. Each session can accommodate up to 25 attendees. Students who wish to make an appointment should email or call the EducationUSA advisor on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays only. Only those students whose names are on the sign-up sheet will be granted access to the EducationUSA program. A picture I.D. (I.D. card/Passport/Bus Pass) will be needed and no electronic items will be allowed in the Embassy. Parents also may be able to attend a session with their ward(s).

Individual appointment

The EducationUSA Advisor will see students/parents on an individual basis on the following days and times, on appointment only: Tuesdays: 08:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.; Wednesdays: 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Thursdays: 08:00 a.m. – 11:30 am. Appointment requests must be made by emailing or calling the EducationUSA Advising Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, at least one week in advance. Please note that only those students who have attended a General Advising Session will be able to make an individual appointment with the EducationUSA Advisor (except for students seeking graduate information).

As an important note, students cannot schedule an individual appointment for the same day that they are attending the General Advising Session.

EducationUSA membership

Only students, who have already attended a General Advising Session and who wish to access and use the resources in the EducationUSA Advising Center, can apply for the EducationUSA Advising Center membership. The following are required for the EducationUSA Advising Center membership application:

Once students become members of the EducationUSA Advising Center, they will benefit from the following:

  • Individual and private counseling with the EducationUSA Advisor
  • In-house publications on undergraduate and graduate programs in U.S. universities, financial aid and scholarship possibilities
  • Standardized test preparation materials such as the SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL
  • Computers for student use to practice for computer-based testing, online application/registration, and to use the Internet
  • Specialized workshops on varied topics such as essay writing/personal statement, university application through the Common Application, financial aid/scholarship application through College Board, and other EducationUSA related programs
  • Access to the EducationUSA Advising Centre LIB, EducationUSA Advising Center’s free lending library
  • Visa session
  • Pre-departure orientation program

EducationUSA Advising Center Opening Schedule at the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis

Reference and Membership Payment
Tuesdays:  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Individual Appointments

Tuesdays:  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesdays: 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. AND 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

EducationUSA Advising Center Contact Information

The EducationUSA Advisor
Embassy of the United States of America
4th Floor, Rogers House
John Kennedy Street, Port Louis
Tel: (230) 202-4453

Fax: (230) 212-2808
Email: MaherallyIM@state.gov