Earning a graduate degree in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science is a dream come true for Diego Cuji, a student from Gualaceo (Azuay, Ecuador). In September, he will commence his studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts (United States).

It all started when Diego was studying English at the CEDEI Foundation. Here, he heard about EducationUSA, which is why he had no doubts about visiting the center. At the advising center, he received complete information about study opportunities in the USA.

Later on, Diego applied for a scholarship through the Fulbright Commission. Although the university application process was primarily done through the Fulbright Commission in Quito, he always stayed in contact with Leah Breeden and Alexandra Cedillo, the academic advisors at the EducationUSA Cuenca office.

As part of the preparation process to take the TOEFL and GRE exams (required for entrance to master’s programs at universities in the USA), Diego regularly visited the EducationUSA center to use the computers and free library. Here, he asked the academic advisers for help with difficult questions or to review his essays.

Just like Diego, many Ecuadorian students can reach their goals of studying in the USA. Diego’s first piece of advice for students starting this process is to learn English. Furthermore, it is important to also participate in extracurricular activities, clubs, or organizations that relate to your interests.