Educational Advising – United States Study Guidance

Education USA Samoa
Education USA Samoa

U.S. Educational Advising Overview

EducationUSA Samoa provides unbiased, current and comprehensive information for Samoans on educational opportunities in the U.S.

United States Embassy Apia offers general advising to prospective international students interested in higher education in the U.S. The Center’s education advisor can come to schools to talk about study in the U.S. and help school careers advisors with queries.  Our small resource library has a collection of reference materials for students.  The resources are free and available during office hours, by appointment only.

Student Visa

There are two main types of visas that are issued to students wishing to study at U.S. universities – a Student Visa and an Exchange Visitor Visa. (NOTE: New, increased fees for international students, exchange visitors, SEVP-certified schools from June 24th, 2019…click for details).

The Education Advisor cannot assist with any visa related, or otherwise Consular, matter.
 For assistance in these areas, please refer to the Consular pages of this site, or call the Visa Information Service.

Helpful Resources

The following documents have been formatted for you to download and print:

  1. Key points for students, parents and high school counselors
  2. Useful websites
  3. Standardized Testing
  4. Things to Know
  5. Timeline for Study
  6. Sports Scholarships

If you are interested in a cultural exchange program, please visit the State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Fulbright Samoa

Fulbright Samoa offers a range of awards for students with a four-year tertiary qualification who show academic excellence, leadership potential and the ability to be cultural ambassadors for Samoa.  Grantees can undertake study or research in any field of study at the U.S. institution of their choice.

Fulbright Samoa operates and is facilitated through the U.S. Embassy Samoa, in Apia. Contact the Embassy for more information: