EducationUSA Academy at St. Cloud State University

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St. Cloud State University

Included in the highest ranked public colleges and universities, and in the best undergraduate engineering program ranking in the 2021 Best Colleges Ranking, St. Cloud State University is the ideal institution where you can learn about American Culture and the American university system. Through this online program you can get a head start on your college exploration and application by enhancing your writing skills.

  • Meet and interact with international college students and faculty.
  • Experience virtual visits to other universities.
  • Gain knowledge about the American university system through workshops and panel discussions.
  • Leave with a robust personal statement draft that you can use in your application to an American university. 
  • Connect with Academic Advisors
  • Learn how to prepare for after-college life


Constructing your Personal Statement Essay

6-week Online Program
July 6, 2021 – August 12, 2021

This summer get a head start in preparing your personal statement to use in your college application by taking an academic writing class.

Program includes:
  • Personal essay writing class
  • Three virtual campus tours
  • Student Panel discussions with current international students
  • One-on-One Meeting with Academic Advisors
  • Workshops on the U.S. higher education system
  • Meeting with SCSU Admissions Director
  • Enhance test taking strategies for SAT/ACT tests
  • Workshops on campus life and career goals
  • Certificate of Achievement at the end of program


Program requirements:
  • Participant must be 15 to 18 years old at the start of the program.
  • English level: B2 on the CERF scale or higher.
  • Recommendation letter from current English teacher. Deadline: June 1
    Teacher Online Recommendation Form
  • Technical requirements:
    • Stable internet connection
    • Computer/tablet with webcam and microphone
    • Latest web browser (Chrome or Firefox)
    • Latest Zoom meeting version App

Class Schedule

  • Classes/sessions will be synchronous via Zoom meetings.
  • Attendance is required
  • Class/session participation is encouraged
  • Classes/sessions will be held for 90 minutes
  • Classes/sessions meet 2 times a week
  • Time: 12-1:30 p.m. Central Standard Time
  • See tentative schedule


Faculty: Mariel Quinonez, MS.
Program Director: Ms. Elizabeth Borgert, MBA

Dates and tuition

EducationUSA Academy Connects
July 6, 2021 – August 12, 2021
Registration Deadline: Registration Closed
Orientation Session: July 6, 2021
Sessions: July 6, 2021 - August 12, 2021
Tuition: US$450


Your Next Steps

Step 1:
Create your account
Step 2:
Complete the registration form
Step 3:
Securely pay with a credit card