Every year, the Embassy of the United States offers Jordanians the opportunity to engage in firsthand cultural exchange with their American peers through its diverse educational and cultural exchange programs.
The U.S. Embassy in Amman strives to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Jordan. This mission, implemented by U.S. embassies around the world, is overseen within the Department of State by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
Educational and cultural exchange programs are offered both to students and professionals. They range from short-visit programs not exceeding one week to long-term postgraduate studies. These programs may be directly administered by the Embassy or are run by American cultural organizations. Not all programs are administered on an annual basis, and the U.S. Embassy will share information when available.
Note: Employees of the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. government and their immediate family members are not eligible for exchange opportunities.
International Leadership Visitor Program (IVLP)
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging leaders in a variety of fields experience the United States firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests in key fields such as politics, government, media, arts, business, and education.
Each year, nearly 5,000 International Visitors visit the United States on the International Visitor Leadership Program. More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP since the program’s inception in 1940, including more than 500 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.
The IVLP consists of a variety of programs that last up to one month. There is no application for this program. International Visitors are selected and nominated annually by American Foreign Service Officers at U.S. Embassies around the world. More can be found on the International Visitor Leadership Program webpage.
The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)
The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) provides outstanding secondary school teachers of English, social studies, math and science with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States.
Teachers come to the United States from all world regions for a six-week academic program at a U.S. university graduate school of education, including intensive training in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, teaching strategies for their home environment, teacher leadership, and the use of instructional technologies. The program also includes field experience at a secondary school to engage participants with American teachers and students.
Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be a current secondary school-level*, full-time teachers in an institution serving primarily a local population;
- Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
- Have five or more years of classroom experience as a teacher of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies, including special education teachers in those subject areas;
- Be citizens of and residents in Jordan;
- Earn a minimum score of 450 on the paper based TOEFL or an equivalent English language examination**;
- Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program; and
- Have submitted a complete application.
*A limited number of participants with TOEFL scores between 425 and 450, or equivalent, will be accepted for the program into a special cohort with additional English language training included in the professional development program.
* Secondary-level teachers include both middle and high school teachers working with students between approximately 12 and 18 years of age. Teachers responsible for teaching additional grade levels must teach middle or high school students more than 50% of their work time in order to be eligible for the program.
Former participants of TEA, the International Leaders in Education (ILEP) Program, Partners in Education (PiE), or the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program are not eligible to apply. If you have participated in other U.S. government-funded professional development exchange programs, please talk to the U.S. Embassy in your country about your eligibility. Please note that preference will be given to applicants who have not participated in these programs or another exchange program.
Applications: Annually in February. The embassy will post information about the application procedures and deadline when the annual program is announced.
More information can be found here.
Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders
The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are intensive short-term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The five-week Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week. During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.
The four-week academic residency will provide students with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups. The program will define civic engagement, examine its development in the U.S., and explore topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism. Other topics such as civil rights, entrepreneurship, ethics, leadership, and media will be discussed. Students will also have the opportunity to leave the classroom to meet with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and representatives of non-profit organizations. The academic residency will be complemented by an educational tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S. where they will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field. The Institute will then conclude with a visit to Washington, D.C.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be proficient in English;
- Be interested in the topic of the Institute;
- Be between 18 and 25 years of age;
- Have at least one semester left of undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to one’s home university following completion of the program;
- Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities;
- Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
- Have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
- Demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities
- Have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of one’s home country;
- Be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
- Be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel; and,
- Be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different those of one’s home country.
Applications are open annually in the early winter. The embassy will post information about the application procedures and deadline when the annual program is announced.
More information about the program can be found here.
The Between the Lines Program at the University of Iowa
Between the Lines (BTL) is a creative writing summer program that brings together young international writers (between 15 and 18 years of age) and young American writers for cultural exchange and enrichment. The Department of State annually partners with the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program for the summer residency program. The backdrop of the University of Iowa, located in Iowa City – the only UNESCO Creative City of Literature in North America – serves as inspiration for the students to grow as writers and provides them with the opportunity to explore cross-cultural dialogues on creative writing and literature.
During the program, young writers will participate in an exchange that will broaden and sharpen their writing skills, build bridges with their American and international counterparts, and deepen their understanding of American popular culture. Program activities will include English-language writing workshops, world literatures seminars, cultural visits, and other local events. At the culmination of the program, the students’ writings will be collected into a printed anthology to be used for educational purposes.
Extracurricular events and evening activities allow students to deepen their understanding of each other’s culture through their interactions with each other and with the larger community. During the exchange, participants live in a residence hall and will be supervised by live-in, trained counselors. The chaperone and counselors work together to help create a lively, supportive writing community. Travel, lodging and meals will be paid for by the Department of State.
More program information is available on the International Writing Program website.
- Be 15-18 years old as of the start of the program
- Be native Arabic speakers;
- Proficient in English (reading, writing, and speaking)
- Be comfortable with cross-cultural dynamics and interested in close interaction with other American, Russian, and Arabic-speaking writers.
- Be committed to attending all sessions and creative writing workshops as part of the program;
- Be passionate about writing!
Application deadline: annual/early winter. The embassy will post information about the application procedures and deadline when the annual program is announced.
TechWomen brings women from 20 countries in Africa, Central and South Asia and the Middle East to San Francisco, California, for a professional mentorship and exchange program. The goal is to empower emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to reach their fullest potential, create social impact initiatives and inspire other girls and women in their communities.
- Be women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Please note that internships and other unpaid work experience does not count toward the two-year professional experience requirement.
- Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four-year university degree or equivalent.
- Be proficient in written and spoken English.
- Be citizens and permanent residents of Jordan at the time of application and while participating in the program.
- Be eligible to obtain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa.
- Not have applied for an immigrant visa to the United States or participated in a visa lottery in the past five years.
- Not hold U.S. citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident.
Applications deadline: Annual/early winter. The embassy will post information about the application procedures and deadline when the annual program is announced.
More information can be found here.
Global Undergraduate program (Global UGRAD)
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) brings future leaders to the United States to experience the U.S. educational system, share their culture, and explore U.S. culture and values.
Global UGRAD provides one semester scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from around the world for non-degree, full-time study combined with community service, professional development, and cultural enrichment.
Global UGRAD is administered by World Learning on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since 2008, the program has provided this opportunity to approximately 2,000 students. Participants leave the U.S. with the tools to become leaders in their professions and communities.
More information can be found here.
Eligibility for the Global UGRAD Program:
- Applicants must be a citizen of the country in which they apply for the Global UGRAD Program.
- Applicants must be studying in the country in which they apply for the Global UGRAD Program
- Scholarships will be granted to students who currently are enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs only, having completed a minimum of their first semester of study. Participants must have at least one semester or an equivalent term to complete at their home institutions upon completion of the Global UGRAD Program.
- Applicants should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.
- Applicants must demonstrate a command of written and spoken English. The TOEFL exam will be required of those selected as finalists or alternates.
- Preference will be given to those who have had little or NO experience in the U.S. or outside of their home countries.
- Applicants must be committed to return directly to their home country after the completion of the program.
- Applicants are over 18 years of age.
Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for the Global UGRAD Program:
- U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
- Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of their home country;
- Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); employees are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
- Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children) of U.S. Department of State and USAID employees; family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
- Current World Learning employees and their immediate family members.
Application deadline: Annual/late fall. The embassy will post information about the application procedures and deadline when the annual program is announced.
Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program was established by the U.S. Department of State in October 2002 to prvide scholarships for high school students (between 15 and 18.5 years old) to spend up to one academic year in the United States. Students live with a host family, attend a U.S. high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their country and culture. The program is important in expanding the communication between the people of the United States and partner countries in the program.
YES scholarships cover all major expenses, including airfare, room and board, health insurance, pocket money, and educational supplies.
The YES program supports students with disabilities and encourages their participation.
· Be a Jordanian citizen
· Be at least 15 years old and no older than 18.5 years old by August 1 of the year of participation
· Have an overall grade of at least “B” (80%) in all academic subjects for the past three years
· Have an overall grade of at least “B+” (85%) in English for the past three years
· Meet a minimum English proficiency requirement, which will be measured by a test
· Demonstrate flexibility and a commitment to promoting cross-cultural understanding
· Should not be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or previous applicant for immigration to the United States
In Jordan, YES is administered by AMIDEAST. View the program’s webpage for more information.
Application deadline: Annual/fall. See AMIDEAST’s program announcement on the program’s webpage.
TechGirls is a three-week international summer exchange program designed to empower and inspire young girls from the Middle East and North Africa to pursue careers in science and technology.
The centerpiece of the program is a weeklong technology camp that provides participants with an in-depth examination of technology-related topics, such as Java programming and mobile application development, and engages the program participants in 45+ hours of hands-on instruction. The camp is complemented by additional activities such as site visits to technology companies, leadership clinics, community service opportunities, job shadowing, and cultural events. As part of the program follow-on, the TechGirls implement at least one peer training program or service project within their schools and/or communities.
Students eligible to apply are those who:
- Are from one of the following eligible countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia;
- Are between the ages of 15 and 17 at the start of the exchange;
- Have demonstrated advanced skills and a serious interest in technology, engineering, and/or math in their academic studies;
- Intend to pursue higher education and/or careers in technology;Are between the ages of 15 and 17 at the start of the exchange;
- Have strong English language skills;
- Exhibit maturity, flexibility, and open-mindedness;
- Will attend at least one additional semester of secondary school upon their return to their home country;
- Are committed to completing a community-based project upon their return home.
Preference will be given to those who have limited or no prior experience in the United States. You are not eligible if you have travelled to the United States in the last three years as part of any other ECA exchange program.
TechGirls encourages people with diverse backgrounds and skills to apply, including individuals with disabilities.
Application deadline: Annual, early spring
Apply online on the TechGirls website after the program is announced.
Community Solutions Program
The Community Solutions Program (CSP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and implemented by IREX, provides the best and brightest community leaders, ages 25 to 38, from around the world with an intensive, professional development exchange program that includes a substantive hands-on learning experience in the United States from August to December annually. Community Solutions Fellows gain valuable experience in community work and strengthen their capacity for leadership and development in their home countries.
- Applicants must be between the ages of 25-38 as of January 1 of the program year.
- Applicants must have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer
- Applicants must be living and working in their home country (individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration)
- Applicants must have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English
During the four-month U.S.-based fellowship, CSP fellows are matched with non-profit organizations, private entities, and government offices across the United States, where they work with U.S. colleagues on initiatives related to issues they face in their own communities. Community Solutions leaders work in one of four technical areas: Environmental Issues, Tolerance and Conflict Resolution, Transparency and Accountability, and Women and Gender Issues.
Community Leadership Institute: The Community Leadership Institute (CLI) is a leadership academy that provides customized learning and coaching to each CSP Leader. The CLI uses a blended-learning approach, where leaders participate in online sessions and in-person workshops, receive professional coaching, engage in experiential learning, and interact with other professionals in their field.
Community-based initiatives: CSP fellows develop innovative community action projects in collaboration with their U.S. host institutions and implement these projects after they return to their home countries to integrate their new skills and knowledge into their community work at home. Project summaries are made available online, allowing fellows to share their work with other community leaders around the world.
International network of community development professionals: CSP fellows continue to network and collaborate with like-minded leaders from around the world on global development issues through alumni activities and opportunities offered through the Community Leadership Institute online platform.
Applications are submitted online on the program website annually in the fall. Please see the IREX website for more information. The embassy will post information about the application procedures and deadline when the annual program is announced.