Education Advising

The U.S. Educational Advising Center in Kampala provides comprehensive information on educational opportunities in the United States. This Center should be the first stop for anyone interested in university or undergraduate level study in the U.S.

Services and Resources Available

  • Information on over 3,500 accredited institutions of higher education in the U.S
  • Test registration and practice materials for TOEFL, SAT, GRE, ACT, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT.
  • Computer workstations for Internet searches on U.S. study
  • Guides to Funding Sources for U.S. study
  • Guides to Essay Writing

Group Sessions

Prospective students are encouraged to attend a group session held every month at the American Center.
These sessions are free of charge and provide general information about U.S. study. The advising sessions focus on the Five Steps to U.S. Study to help students navigate the admissions process. You can sign up for a group session be sending an email to

Individual Counseling
The Education Adviser and EducationUSA volunteers at the American Center provide individual guidance to prospective students in planning their education at a U.S. university. Students can also get guidance on selection of schools, writing their essays, applying for financial aid and required exams for university applications. Send an email to to set up an appointment. Please note that you need to attend a group advising session first before requesting for an individual counseling session.

Undergraduate Study
To pursue an undergraduate degree in the U.S., students should have a minimum of 6 credits on the Uganda Certificate of Education (O levels) or at least 2 excellent principal passes at the “A” levels. Highly selective schools and applications for scholarships require excellent “O” and “A” level scores. Various aptitude tests 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 sometimes 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.

Links about Financial Assistance

General Sites

Guides to Study in the U.S.

Admission Testing

Schedule for EducationUSA volunteers at the American Center
 Henry Mutegeki  Mondays (9am – 1pm)
 Joy Nakato  Tuesdays (10am – 3pm)
 Neema Jakisa  Wednesdays (12pm – 4pm)
 Clare Kahuma  Thursdays (9am – 1pm)
Linda Opio (virtual) Saturdays (9am – 1pm)

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Please note that the EducationUSA center does not provide visa related advice nor does it assist in scheduling student visa appointments.