Everything You Need to Know

From Safety to Travel, We've got you covered

EducationUSA Academy understands that as a parent, you have questions and concerns about your student studying in the United States. Here you can find answers to commonly asked questions, read about health and safety considerations, and learn about the benefits of international exchange.

University Preparation

Academy students receive three to four weeks of college preparatory content. Topics of study include overviews of U.S. secondary and higher education systems, high school and university grading systems, the admissions process, entrance exams, the common application, U.S. academic culture, expectations of U.S. university professors, academic writing, and much more.

Intensive English Classes

Improve your English skills through intensive language courses and immersion. By living in residence halls or with U.S. host families, eating meals in campus dining facilities, socializing with American students, participating in cultural activities, and engaging in campus life, Academy participants will fully experience life on a U.S. college campus.

Campus Tours & Activities

All Academy students will visit diverse colleges and universities in addition to the campus that is hosting them in order to learn more about higher education in the United States. Academy students will also have opportunities to attend sports and arts events on campus and in their communities, as well as visit regional tourist sites such as state parks and museums.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not answered in the below content please contact us.

Will my student be chaperoned while traveling to the United States?

While Academy program staff will provide emergency contact information to students and families, meet students at the airport, and transport them to campus, the program is not able to provide chaperones during the international portion of students’ travels. However, many airlines offer services for minors traveling on their own. Parents may wish to consider these services for their teens to ensure that travel goes smoothly and that they are contacted directly by the airline in the event of any travel difficulties.

The list below provides links to various airlines’ websites with information about these services.

Will my student be safe during the program?

Participant safety and security are top priorities of EducationUSA Academy. Host institutions are serious about the responsibility of keeping students safe and healthy. EducationUSA Academy is hosted by accredited colleges and universities with established protocols and policies in place related to the supervision of participants under the age of 18. All EducationUSA Academy host institutions will:

  • Adhere to local and national laws pertaining to programming for minors
  • Conduct required background checks on program staff responsible for working with minors
  • Provide a health care benefit plan to participants for the duration of the summer program, and help participants obtain medical treatment as needed
  • Communicate to students campus/program policies, including basic safety information, curfews, codes of conduct, and emergency contact information
  • Meet students at the airport upon arrival in the United States and chaperone them to the host institution campus
  • Actively support and oversee participants throughout the program, including during classes, in residence halls, and on off-campus excursions

Will my student be covered by a health care benefit plan?

Yes. All EducationUSA Academy students will be covered by a limited health care benefit plan through their host institution (i.e. the college or university where they are studying). If a student needs medical treatment during the program, host institution staff will accompany the student to the hospital or clinic and help him/her receive the treatment that is needed.

Students taking prescription medication should bring enough to last through the entire program. Medication should be transported in the original packaging along with a copy of the prescription. Parents and students are encouraged to discuss any questions about medical issues or treatment with host institution staff.

A Word on Safety

Participant safety and security are top priorities of EducationUSA Academy. Host institutions are serious about the responsibility of keeping students safe and healthy. EducationUSA Academy is hosted by accredited colleges and universities with established protocols and policies in place related to the supervision of participants under the age of 18. All EducationUSA Academy host institutions will:

  • Adhere to local and national laws pertaining to programming for minors
  • Conduct required background checks on program staff responsible for working with minors
  • Provide health insurance coverage to participants for the duration of the summer program, and help participants obtain medical treatment as needed
  • Communicate to students campus/program policies, including basic safety information, curfews, codes of conduct, and emergency contact information
  • Meet students at the airport upon arrival in the United States and chaperone them to the host institution campus
  • Actively support and oversee participants throughout the program, including during classes, in residence halls, and on off-campus excursions

“I believe this program doesn’t just let you grow academically but also as a person. Through this program I have learned to manage my time, be independent and make my own decisions. ”

-2015 EducationUSA Academy Student, Ecuador