The funds from the Opportunity program aim to help talented international students who may need financial assistance in order to take the first steps toward obtaining a degree from accredited institutions of higher education in the U.S.
The program provides the beneficiaries with money to help cover the expenses of the application process to American universities, which is only one of the vast variety of services that EducationUSA provides for international students.
Our goal is to demonstrate that international students, like you, are welcome in the U.S. and to facilitate the admission process to higher education institutions for those students who demonstrate great interest and academic merit, but who have insufficient financial resources. The Opportunity funding makes it possible for these students, who could not otherwise afford the application process, to take the first steps towards pursuing higher education in the U.S. What do these funds cover?
How to participate in the Opportunity program?
- Standardized testing costs: TOEFL, SAT, GRE and any other examns required by the U.S. institutions, including additional score reports.
- Costs of transportation to/from the designated testing centers and, if necessary, costs of lodging and meals when the centers are located far away from the student's city of residence.
- Delivery of application materials through international courier services in order to guarantee the safe arrival of the applicant's documents.
- Translation and certification costs for all applicantion materials that require it.
- International phone calls and/or internet communication with American institutions in case an interview or similar process is required.
- U.S. Visa application costs and related expenses.
- Costs of transportation to/from the designated U.S. Consulate and, if necessary, food and lodge expenses.
- International travel costs to the U.S. institution where the student will start his/her program.
- Intensive English classes for those special cases in which the students require to improve their command of the language in order to be more competitive for admission (i.e. technical English, business English, scientific terminology, etc)
- One-time settling-in expenses.
- Limited financial assistance to complement the award/scholarship/financial package that the university may offer if these funds are not enough to cover all of the student's expenses.
Any student who wants to apply to the program must simply get in touch with an educational adviser at the closest EducationUSA Advising Center in order to get more information about the procedures. A complete list of all the EducationUSA Advising Centers world-wide can be found here:http://www.educationusa.info/centers.php
In Ecuador, the official EducationUSA Centers are:
The selection of the Opportunity scholars in Ecuador is conducted through a national competition open every year from December through April. This program benefits students interested in pursuing their studies at either the undergraduate or graduate levels. Only students who have not received a Fulbright scholarship or benefits from any other U.S. Government sponsored program can participate and benefit from the Opportunity funding.
For more information, please contact your closest EducationUSA Advising Center.