EducationUSA Advising Center


The EducationUSA Advising Center at U.S. Embassy Nairobi is an official affiliate of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Our goal is to help Kenyan students obtain up-to-date, accurate, and unbiased information on higher education studies in the U.S.

Our services are free of charge:

EducationUSA Facebook Live Advising Sessions

Students seeking educational advising assistance, for the first time, are invited to watch our EducationUSA Facebook Live sessions every Monday from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM on the Nairobi US Embassy Facebook page

During these sessions, the EducationUSA Adviser presents “Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study ( ” and on the opportunities available for university study in the U.S.

General Advising Sessions – Nakuru

Students seeking educational advising assistance in Nakuru, for the first time are invited to attend one General Advising Session. Appointments are made by calling: 020 363 6439.

Venue: American Space – Kenya National Library Service

Date: Second Tuesday of every month

Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

During these sessions, the EducationUSA Adviser presents Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study” and on the opportunities available for university study in the U.S.

Individual Counseling

The EducationUSA Adviser provides individual guidance to prospective students, who require one on one advising sessions, having participated in one of our EducationUSA Live Sessions.

Prospective students should bring photocopies of their academic certificates with them to the appointment.

They must also bring a statement of purpose and a paragraph stating their career objectives.

Students who would like to have follow up counseling, should make an appointment by calling:020 363 6439

U.S. Study Options and Requirements


Undergraduate Study

Applying to highly selective universities and for scholarships requires excellent secondary school grades. The SAT and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required for most applicants, 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) is required for admission, as are letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose and research interests.

Financing Your Education

The cost of an academic year in the United States, including tuition, fees and living expenses varies from $15,000 to $60,000 per year.  Students without their own finances must have excellent academic records in order to compete for scholarships and grants from individual U.S. colleges and universities.

U.S. Embassy Nairobi is unable to provide scholarships and cannot provide financial assistance for study in any local institution.

Membership to the EducationUSA Advising Center


In order to have access to the resources in the EducationUSA Advising Center, students must apply for membership.  Students need to bring a photocopy of their National Identification Card or a valid passport to the American Reference Center Library located in U.S. Embassy Nairobi.  Membership is free, and there are no costs to use EducationUSA services.

EducationUSA Scholars Program (Accepting 2019 Applications)


The EducationUSA office at the United States Embassy in Nairobi, seeks to identify and recruit 40 academically strong Kenyan students who scored A- and above in the 2018 KCSE, to join the EducationUSA Scholars Program (ESP). The candidates must also have a minimum of grade A- in both English and Mathematics.

Our mission at EducationUSA is to participate in the creation of highly skilled and globally educated leaders to build tomorrow’s Kenya. The ESP works with students through regularly scheduled training sessions to guide the Scholars in the completing application process for admission and financial aid to top-ranked U.S. universities.

The Scholars receive free membership to the EducationUSA Advising Centers in Nairobi, Nakuru and Mombasa. In return, EducationUSA expects a sincere commitment from the students to give their energy and time to the program and to give back to their communities.

The program is not limited geographically; however, students must be able to reach our offices in Nairobi, Nakuru or Mombasa as required for full participation. Students will work with the EducationUSA Adviser and interns in 2019/2020 to try and secure admission and financial aid from U.S. universities. Admitted students will begin their studies in the U.S. in August 2020.

Qualifications: A VERY strong record in academics, co-curricular and leadership activities, and community service plus demonstrated financial need.

Complete this application form and submit it with the required documents listed at the end of the application form by Monday, February 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm.


Contact Us

EducationUSA Advising Center
U.S. Embassy Nairobi
P.O. Box 606 – 0062, Village Market
Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: + 254-20-363-6583
Fax: + 254-20-363-6501

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