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Educational Advising


The U.S. Education Advising Center, located at the U.S. Embassy in Ezulwini, Swaziland provides current and comprehensive information on educational opportunities in the United States. This center should be the first stop for anyone interested in university or graduate level study in the U.S.

Services and Resources Available:

  • Information on over 4,500 accredited institutions of higher education in the U.S.
  • Test registration and practice tests for TOEFL, ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT.
  • Computer workstations for Internet searches on U.S. study.
  • Guides to Essay writing.

Group Sessions

Prospective undergraduate students are encouraged to attend a group session held every Tuesday and Wednesday between 14:00hrs and 17:00hrs. These sessions are free of charge and provide general inofrmation about U.S. study. Please contact pdmbabane@state.gov to request an appointment.

Individual Counseling

The Education Advisor provides individual guidance to prospective students in planning their education and career. the Advisor also assists students on selection of schools and application procedures. Prospective students should come with photocopies of their academic certificates and a statement of purpose or a paragraph stating your career objectives.

Undergraduate Study

Highly selective schools and applications for scholarships require excellent “O” and “A” level scores. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 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 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.

Financing Your Education

The average cost of an academic year in the USA including tuition fees and living expenses varies from US$15, 000 to US$40, 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.