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General Information

The Education Advising Centre was created in 2000 to provide more comprehensive services to serious Malawian students seeking to further their education in the United States. The Educational Advising Center is a membership-based center that works closely and personally with its members to ensure that they are successful in identifying appropriate colleges and universities, completing the application requirements for those universities and financing their education. 

"EducationUSA - Lilongwe promotes U.S. higher education by offering accurate, comprehensive, objective, timely and unbiased information about educational opportunities in the United States and guidance to qualified individuals on how best to access those opportunities."

Member Services and Resources Provide:

Individual Advising with a trained Education Advisor who can help you in planning your education and career.  He can assist on selection of school and application procedures.

Information on over 3,500 accredited institutions of higher education in the U.S., including a complete set of course catalogues on CD-ROM and College and University Video Library. Test registration and preparation materials, software and practice tests, lending library and bookstore for: TOEFL, SATGRE, GMAT and others by arrangement. 

Pre-Departure Orientation Program (on request).

Internet and Email Access for Admissions and College Selection Purposes.

Educational Advising Centre Membership Criteria

In order to become a member of the Educational Advising Centre, a student must submit the following:

  • Completed application form
  • 2 passport size photographs
  • Photocopy of academic certificate or university transcript.
  • Annual membership fee of 2,000 Malawian Kwacha.

If you live in Mzuzu, please visit the American Corner at the Mzuzu University Library.  In Zomba, you can visit the American Corners that the library at Chancellor College.  In Blantyre, please feel free to browse educational advising books, and find testing information at the new American Corner at the Polytechnic.

 Competitive College Program (CCP)

The 2008 Competitive College Program (CCP) is a one year program that assists Malawian students in all phases of applying to competitive colleges in the United States. The objective of the program is to identify talented Malawian secondary school students and then equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully apply to competitive colleges.  This program complements the Educational Advising Centers other two major programs; the Undergraduate and Graduate Study Program. These programs assist all students interested in studying in the United States. 

The CCP students are identified by the Educational Advisors and American Corner Coordinators by outreaches to secondary schools, open orientations, Peace Corps volunteers’ recommendations, and selected Headmasters’ recommendations.

The applicants must fill out a detailed application, have excellent references, performed very well on their Secondary School exams, and pass an interview with members of the previous CCP program and the Education Advisor. The selected students must have strong academic and civic involvement records, and have the support of their schools. The 2008 Competitive College Program worked with twenty students this year.

 Colleges and universities in the United States vary considerably in their admissions standards and requirements.  Highly selective school and applications for scholarships require excellent MSCE or "A" levels.

Graduate Study

The applicant must be in possession of 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 often requirements for admission to a graduate program, as are letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose and research interests.

English Proficiency

Most institutions require students whose native language is not English to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in order to prove that their academic, spoken and written English is proficient to succeed at the university level in America.  However, some students may be exempted so you should to speak to the Education Advisor before registering for the TOEFL 

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. This figure does not include air transportation from Malawi to the U.S. institution. Substantial financial assistance for undergraduates is very difficult to obtain. 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.

Foreign students may be  allowed to work 10 - 20 hours per week for the college/university they are attending to earn pocket money. Estimated earnings for one academic year would be U.S.$1,500 - $3,000. Foreign students cannot apply to work off-campus except for rare special circumstances.

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