U.S. Embassy Dhaka Announces EducationUSA Academy 2020

Eleven U.S. colleges and universities, including top ranked universities in aviation, aerospace, and other STEM-focused programs, offer two- to four-week pre-college enrichment programs for 15- to 17-year old students from around the world.  

Application deadlines range from March 1-early June 2020.

DHAKA, February 26, 2020 – U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce that 11 U.S. colleges and universities from across the United States including top ranked universities in aviation, aerospace, and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math  (STEM)-focused programs, will host EducationUSA Academy programs for 15- to 17-year old students from around the world this Summer.  Each participating U.S. college and university has its respective deadline for submitting applications; deadlines range from March 1 to early June 2020.  IMPORTANT:  A couple of schools offer full and partial scholarships and awards if applicants apply by certain dates, the soonest being March 1.  Make sure to review each school’s application and deadline information below carefully.

The EducationUSA Academy, a pre-college academic enrichment program for international high school students, is an effort by the United States to recruit the world’s best and brightest students to pursue future degrees in the United States.  Through two- to four-week programs, EducationUSA Academy prepares 15- to 17-year old students from around the world to submit strong applications to U.S. universities through college preparatory coursework, academic English courses, writing workshops, campus visits, entrepreneurship development opportunities, industry visits, and cultural activities.  The Academy creates a new pathway for international high school students who may not otherwise have considered attending university in the United States by providing them with the information and skills necessary to become successful students at U.S. higher education institutions.

The 11 host 2020 EducationUSA Academy institutions offer unique opportunities.  Please refer to each institution’s website (see below) for information about its program, applicable fees, and application procedures and deadlines.  More information can be found on the EducationUSA Academy website:  http://www.edusaacademy.org.  For all programs, the Embassy recommends early preparation and application to allow sufficient time for visa processing if selected for a program. 


The following U.S. college and university campuses will host EducationUSA Academy programs this Summer:

  1. Syracuse University (New York)

Syracuse University offers the ultimate American college experience for international high school students, where they can immerse themselves in the English language and culture while living on the campus of Syracuse University, one of the top 100 universities in the United States.  For international students interested in pursuing a credit course, the application deadline is no later than April 1, 2020.  The university encourages early application as all programs have enrollment limits and are processed on a rolling basis in the order in which they are received in full.  An application is marked complete once it is submitted and all external documents are received (i.e. transcripts, recommendation letters).

Program dates:  varies by program, between June 27 – July 26, 2020.

Visit:  http://summercollege.syr.edu/educationusa/

  1. Northwestern University (Illinois)

This program includes college preparatory coursework, tours of diverse college and university campuses, and cross-cultural activities for students from around the world. International students can improve their English competency and become more familiar with the U.S. higher education system, academic culture, campus life, and application processes for admission to U.S. colleges and universities.  

Application deadline:  May 1, 2020.

Program Dates:  July 6 – 24, 2020.

Visit:  https://sps.northwestern.edu/pre-college/education-usa/

  1. St. Cloud State University (Minnesota)

Students in this program will be able to work alongside undergraduate STEM students in current research projects in the university’s cutting-edge facilities and laboratories.  They will also be able to meet with faculty who shape research and discovery within the institution.  

Application deadline:  May 1, 2020; however, the university recommends that students apply as early as possible.  After submitting the application, prospective students can apply for a scholarship.  Students will be notified of acceptance after May 15, 2020.

Program Dates:  July 12 – 31, 2020.

Visit:  https://www.stcloudstate.edu/educationusa/

  1. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Wisconsin)

UW-Madison provides an all-around college preparation experience to facilitate post-secondary success.  The experience at UW–Madison will provide students with Midwest hospitality in one of the most beautiful campuses, and one of the most forward-thinking, highly-ranked universities in the country.  

Application deadline:  May 8, 2020.

Program dates:  July 6 – July 24, 2020.

Visit:  https://edusa.wisc.edu/

  1. University of Colorado Boulder (Colorado)

Participants will have an opportunity to work with recognized academic and professional experts in engineering, international business, and psychology; and be able to build communication, critical thinking, and negotiating skills by working with teams of classmates.  Students will experience university life on a safe, world-ranked campus – one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States, and home to five Nobel prize winners.  

Application deadline:  June 1, 2020.

Program Dates:  July 2 – 24, 2020.

Visit:  http://edusaacademy.colorado.edu/

  1. University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Tennessee)

Participants will experience one of the nation’s oldest public universities and the flagship campus of Tennessee’s premier land-grant institution.  They will experience life and culture in Tennessee’s extraordinary natural beauty, traditional music, and distinct way of life.  The program includes field trips, homestays, and cultural experiences such as trips to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited National Park in the United States, and to Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital of the world.  Students will also learn the principles of starting a business and developing a business plan.  Students should apply as early as possible.  

Application deadline:  June 3, 2020. 

Program Dates:  July 6–July 26, 2020.

Visit:  https://eli.utk.edu/educationusa-academy/

  1. Temple University (Pennsylvania)

Program emphasizes living with and learning from high school students from the United States and around the world on an urban campus in Philadelphia:  the birthplace of the United States.  Students will have the opportunity to discover American culture as they take in Philadelphia’s rich history and world-famous art collections.  They will spend a day in New York City, at the beach, at Ivy League universities and other nearby locations that will immerse them in the U.S. experience.  

Application deadline for full program scholarships to partial awards:  May 14, 2020.  Deadline for regular applications (no scholarships/awards):  June 8, 2020.

Program Dates:  July 5 – 25, 2020.

Visit:  https://ielp.temple.edu/programs/short-term-programs/educationusa-academy-temple-university

  1. Boston University (Massachusetts)

Program is suitable for high school students interested in STEM and leadership development and interested in Boston as an education destination.  Students get to visit the university’s STEM laboratories and research centers.  Trips to regional STEM institutions, such as the Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, will provide hands-on leadership training addressing how to use STEM solutions to create positive change.

Application deadline:   Contact the institution for information regarding the application deadline, using the information request form on the website.

Program dates:  July 13 – July 31, 2020.

Visit:  http://www.bu.edu/celop/academics/programs/educationusa-academy/

  1. Diablo Valley College (California)

Program’s focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM) allows participants to explore high technology in the San Francisco Bay area through the college’s specially designed curriculum, tech company visits, and projects.  Many activities and class assignments are devoted to the fascinating world of technology and innovation, inspired by nearby Silicon Valley.

Application deadline:  Contact iec@dvc.edu for information regarding the application deadline.

Program dates:  July 13 – August 7, 2020.

Visit:  https://iec-dvc.edu/iec-dvc-english-classes/teen-english-california

  1. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Florida)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world’s #1 university for aviation and aerospace.  This program allows participants to learn through hands-on activities and field trips about careers in Engineering, Safety, Meteorology, Aviation Maintenance, Space Technology, Aviation Management, and Flight.  Students who apply by March 1 will be eligible for a chance to receive a $500 scholarship.

Application deadline:  Contact erli@erau.edu for information regarding the application deadline.

Program dates:  June 14 – July 2, 2020.

Visit:  http://daytonabeach.erau.edu/international-programs/language-institute/education-usa-academy

  1. St. John’s University (New York)

Program aims to give international students an experience in New York City at a secure, residential campus while they hone their English conversation skills and get to know other students from around the globe.

Program dates:  July 5 – 18, 2020.

Application deadline:  Contact the institution for information regarding the application deadline using the “Request Info” link on the website.

Visit:  https://www.stjohns.edu/academics/global-programs/english-language-american-culture-programs/educationusa-academy

International education prepares students for today’s globalized economy and develops the relationships between people and communities in the United States and around the world that are necessary to solve global challenges.  The U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA advising network includes more than 430 advising centers in over 175 countries and territories around the world that provide prospective international students with accurate, current, and comprehensive information about U.S. higher education.  In Bangladesh, EducationUSA’s mission is to facilitate free access to information about study opportunities in the United States.  Advising services and reference materials are available at locations across the country, including at the American Center at U.S. Embassy Dhaka, the Edward M. Kennedy (EMK) Center for Public Service and the Arts located in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, the American Corner in Chittagong, and the American Corner in Khulna; and remotely, via our American Corners in Rajshahi and Sylhet.

Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter at #EdUSAAcademy.  For general information about 2020 EducationUSA Academy offerings/opportunities, please contact EdUSA Bangladesh office at EducationUSA-Bangladesh@state.gov.  For press inquiries, please contact DhakaMediaRequests@state.gov.