The Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State supports a network of more than 450 EducationUSA Advising Centers around the world, whose mission is to promote U.S. higher education to prospective international students. EducationUSA Advising Centers are staffed by professional advisers, many of whom have studied in the United States and/or received State Department-approved training about U.S. higher education and the advising process. Advisers provide impartial, accurate information about the full range of accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States. They provide students with information to identify the best option for their educational and professional interests, choosing an institution, identifying financial aid opportunities, understanding the admission process, and applying for a student visa. Some centers also provide specialized services such as essay writing workshops, translation and document verification, and pre-departure preparation. For more information, visit an EducationUSA Advising Center. For professional e-consulting services offered in different languages, visit the EducationUSA Virtual Consulting Office.