Exchange Programs

U.S. Embassy Exchange Programs for Youth and Professionals

Every year, the Embassy of the United States to Libya offers talented and community-minded Libyans the opportunity to engage in first-hand cultural exchange with their American peers through our diverse educational and cultural exchange programs.  These programs are overseen within the U.S. Department of State by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and are managed by the U.S. Embassy and through local partners, including AMIDEAST. These educational and leadership focused exchange programs range from short visit programs not exceeding one week to long-term postgraduate degrees.

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All U.S. government-funded exchange programs are highly competitive. U.S. Exchange Program Committees first screen all applications thoroughly and objectively for technical eligibility based on requirements that are specific to each program. Priority is given to candidates who have no or very little prior study or travel experience in the United States.  Candidates are selected based on a variety of criteria that may include (but are not limited to):

  • Academic excellence
  • Cross-cultural interest
  • Personal leadership ability
  • English language ability
  • Commitment to returning to Libya to share new skills and expertise with others

Accepted applications are then ranked according to criteria established by the U.S. Department of State and top candidates are interviewed by the Exchange Program Committee.  The applications of the leading candidates are then evaluated by a panel convened in the United State by the U.S. State Department or its partner organization.

The U.S. Embassy to Libya supports the Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a year-long professional development exchange program implemented by IREX for people who are working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to the environment, tolerance and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender. The Community Solutions program includes the following components:

  • Four-month Fellowship in the United States: Community Solutions fellows are matched to host organizations throughout the U.S. where they complete a four-month, hands-on professional experience.
  • Community Leadership Institute: Community Solutions fellows participate in the Community Leadership Institute, a leadership training program designed to strengthen their leadership and management skills. The Institute includes face-to-face trainings, online courses, professional coaching, and networking.
  • Community-based initiatives: While in the U.S. and with the help of their U.S. host organization, Community Solutions fellows design and plan a community development initiative or project to carry out after they return home. Once the fellows depart the U.S., they put these projects into action in their home communities.

Applications are available on Community Solution website, here

Program Length: One year total, four months in the U.S.

Eligibility Overview:

  • You are between the ages of 25 and 38 as of January 1, 2019;
  • You are a citizen of one of the eligible countries listed below;
  • You are living and working in Libya;
  • You have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer;
  • You are not currently participating in an academic, training, or research program in the U.S.;
  • You have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English at the time of application;
  • You are available to travel to the U.S. for four months from August to December 2019;
  • You are not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. and have not applied for U.S. permanent residency within the past three years;
  • You are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa;
  • You are committed to returning to your home country for a minimum of two years after completing the program; and
  • You are not a current IREX employee or consultant, or their immediate family member.

For more information, please visit: IREX or visit the US Embassy’s Facebook page.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program provides scholarships to Libyan high school students between the ages of 15 and 17 to spend up to one academic year in the United States. Scholarship recipients live with host families, attend U.S. high schools, and participate in special enrichment activities that include community service, youth leadership training, a civics education program, and other activities that help them develop a comprehensive understanding of American culture and develop leadership skills. Likewise, these students serve as cultural ambassadors for Libya, representing its rich heritage to their American host communities.. (http://www.yesprograms.org/countries/libya)

The program supports students with disabilities and encourages their participation.

Program length: 10 month.

Eligibility Overview:

  • Libyan citizenship
  • Have a record of high academic achievement
  • Limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • A record of public service in the community
  • Meet the minimum English proficiency requirement

For more information, please visit the website for YES or visit the US Embassy’s Facebook page.

The Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program provides highly motivated high school seniors living in Libya the opportunity to obtain a four-year university scholarship to earn a degree at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Lebanese American University (LAU).  The goal of the scholarship program is to build a cadre of leaders in the MENA region who are civic-minded, intellectually able, and professionally skilled, who will become the community, business, and national leaders of the future. Selected students will join the 388 Tomorrow’s Leaders alumni from across the region who have participated in this program.

 

Scholarship recipients may pursue an eligible undergraduate degree in a selected field at one of the two host institutions. In addition to their studies, recipients will be expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, engage in community service activities and participate in internships. Participation in the program includes: travel, academic fees for four years of university at AUB or LAU, accident and sickness insurance, housing, and a monthly allowance during the school year.

Program length: Four years.

Eligibility Overview:

  • Libyan citizenship
  • Must be a current high school senior when applying
  • Have a record of high academic achievement
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English with a minimum of 490 for the TOEFL PBT and 57 for the TOEFL iBT that is less than two years old;
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Must maintain a high GPA and pass high school leaving exam in final year
  • A record of leadership and public service in the community

For more information, please visit: AMIDEAST or visit the US Embassy’s Facebook page.

The U.S. Embassy Libya, in cooperation with AMIDEAST Libya oversees the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Fulbright Foreign Student Program, which enables Libyan students to study for up to two years, towards a Masters degree at select universities in the United States.  The scholarship covers expenses incurred for travel to and from the United States, tuition and books, healthcare coverage, and room and board. Learn more about the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Program on this link.

Scholarships are open to Libyan citizens who want to pursue graduate study at the Master’s degree level. All applicants must have excellent academic records, strong English language skills, outstanding character, and a desire to use skills gained in the United States to serve Libya upon completion of studies in the U.S.

  • Applicants must be Libyan citizens resident in Libya at the time of the application.
  • Applicants must not be U.S. citizens or holders of green cards.
  • Applicants must hold a minimum of a BA/BS/B.Sc. degree.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated academic excellence within their field of specialization. All fields of study are eligible except for clinical medicine, nursing and dentistry. Public health and nursing administration is eligible.
  • Applicants should be able to obtain a minimum English proficiency score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 on the internet-based (TOEFL iBT), or 6.5 on the IELTS. Candidates will have to take the GRE and TOEFL or IELTS tests after being nominated into the program.

Preference is given to those without recent experience in the United States.

For more information, please visit the U.S. Embassy’s website.

The Fulbright FLTA Program provides young teachers of English as a Foreign Language the opportunity to refine their teaching skills and broaden their knowledge of American cultures and customs while strengthening the instruction of Arabic at colleges and universities in the United States.  The FLTA is a non-degree program that will start in the United States in the summer.  All Fulbright FLTA participants receive a monthly stipend, accident and sickness coverage, and travel support.  U.S. host institutions provide tuition waivers to support the required coursework.

Program length: Nine months to one Year

Eligibility Overview:

  • Be an English teacher or in training to become an English teacher;
  • Be between 23 and 35 years of age;
  • At minimum possess the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree by June 1, 2018;
  • Be a Libyan national and residing in Libya throughout the nomination and selection process;
  • Fluency in English; the applicant will have to sit for the TOEFL ITP test to determine their level;
  • Ability to travel to Tunisia for the personal interview;
  • Ability to travel and participate in the program alone

Preference is given to those without recent experience in the United States.

For more information, please visit the U.S. Embassy’s website.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a one-year program. It is offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent non-degree study at a leading U.S. university. The program awards a certificate from the U.S. Government; it is not designed to deliver an advanced degree.

Program length: 10 month.

Eligibility Overview:

  • An undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree
  • A minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience
  • Limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • A record of public service in the community
  • English language ability

For more information, please visit the U.S. Embassy’s website.

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) brings emerging leaders in the fields of economic empowerment and entrepreneurship through innovation and entrepreneurship; socially responsible businesses, and workforce development; civic engagement; NGO management; from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia for intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise. Participants spend 6 weeks in the U.S. (including a 4-week fellowship placement).

Program length: Six weeks

Eligibility Overview:

  • Be community leaders, ages 25-40, currently employed and with at least two years of professional experience at the time of application
  • Have a track record of making an impact in their community, organization or company
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application
  • Be a citizen of, and currently residing in Libya.

For more information, please visit Legacy International’s website.

The MEPI Leaders for Democracy Fellowship (LDF) Program is a three-month program in the United States for young civic leaders from the Middle East and North Africa. The program begins with four weeks of academic coursework, during which fellows focus on leadership, civic engagement, participatory governance, conflict transformation, and effective communication. Fellows complete relevant seminars and workshops that address theoretical debates as well as active, practical skills-building sessions. After completing the academic portion of the program, participants engage in an eight-week professional assignment with a host organization of professional interest in Washington, DC. Through this program component, participants will gain a practical understanding of the interactions between government and civil society while also obtaining valuable knowledge, skills, and professional contacts to benefit their professional pursuits in their home countries.

Program length: 3 Months

Eligibility Overview:

  • Be a Libyan citizen aged 25-35
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Have strong English fluency sufficient to function successfully in a high-level academic as well as professional environment;
  • Have at least 5 years of experience working as a professional in a field related to one of the program’s primary themes
  • Have little or no prior experience in the United States

For more information in English and Arabic, please visit the MEPI’s  website.

The MEPI Student Leaders program offers outstanding undergraduates from across the MENA region an intensive leadership training course of approximately 5 weeks in the United States. Students are divided up among U.S. academic institutions where they develop leadership skills and expand their understanding of civil society, as well as the democratic process and how both may be applied in their home communities. Participants have the opportunity to meet their American peers, engage in local community service activities, and observe and take part in the governmental process on the local, state, and federal levels.  The institutes include academic coursework, as well as site visits to local and regional community organizations in the United States. Upon completion of the U.S.-based programs, host institutes work with participants to implement civic engagement programs in their home communities. Expenses for the U.S. program are fully paid by the U.S. Department of State.

For frequently asked questions regarding the Student Leaders Program and application, please visit MEPI’s website: https://mepi.state.gov/education/faqs/

Program length: 5 months.

Eligibility Overview:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students with strong leadership skills between the ages of 20 and 24 years old
  • Applicants should demonstrate sufficient English-language skills to participate in U.S. university-level classes
  • Applicants  must be enrolled in and attending a university in their home countries
  • Have little or no prior experience in the United States
  • Participants cannot hold U.S. citizenship or be a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident.

For more information, please visit MEPI’s website.