Exchange Programs for University Students

2020 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership

Deadline to apply: December 28, 2019.

OVERVIEW:

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) 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.  Each Institute will have 20 female participants and will include a four week academic residency component and a one week integrated study tour.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership will examine the history and participation of women in public life in the United States.  The Institute will focus on two major areas: developing participants’ leadership skills in areas such as critical thinking, communication, decision-making, and managerial abilities; and, placing these abilities in the context of the history and participation of women in U.S. politics, economics, culture, and society.  The program will also examine the historical domestic progress towards women’s equality in the United States, the current domestic successes and challenges to women in a variety of fields, and current challenges in global women’s issues.

The SUSIs on Women’s Leadership will begin with an opening conference in Washington, D.C., tentatively scheduled for late June in 2020.  The one-day event will bring together 80 SUSI student leaders and approximately 10 U.S. student ambassadors from the four Institutes.  The women will have opportunities to network with one another and meet with inspiring U.S. women leaders.

The 20 participants in this Institute will then travel to Saint Mary’s College for their academic residency.  A study tour to Detroit-Dearborn, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois, will further illuminate the American experience.  Throughout the Institute, participants will visit relevant local women’s organizations to meet with women leaders

Candidates should:

  • be female;
  • be proficient in English;
  • be interested in the topic of Women’s Leadership;
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities 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 their 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 from those of their home country.

OTHER ESSENTIAL PROGRAM INFORMATION:

Program Funding: The U.S. government will cover all participant costs, including: program administration; international and domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence.

Housing and Meal Arrangements: Housing will be in university dorms or a full service hotel.  Participants may be expected to share a room and bathroom with another student of the same gender.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.  It is important that nominees are aware of these arrangements and that they are comfortable with such accommodations.

Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.

Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000 with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and a $75 co-pay per emergency room visit, for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered.

Program Requirements and Restrictions: Participants are expected to fully participate in the academic program.  They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings.  Candidates should be made aware that the Institute is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.

Under no circumstances are participants allowed to arrive in the U.S. prior to the start date of the Institute or remain in the U.S. after its end date.  Similarly, participants will not be permitted to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends while in the U.S.  If a relative or friend wishes to visit them, it will be addressed on a case by case basis in consultation with the ECA program officer and the host institution.  Participants are required to return to their home countries immediately following the end of the Institute.

Violations of program rules, host institution rules, or local, state or federal laws can be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.

Participants will have to travel on a J-1 visa; therefore you will be subject to the two-year home-country foreign residency requirement. You must return to your home country for a cumulative total of two years at the end of your exchange visitor program.  You are not prohibited from traveling to the United States but may not benefit from certain employment-based or family-based visas until the foreign residency requirement is satisfied.

Immediate family members of U.S. Embassy employees are ineligible for this program.

English Language Ability: All candidates must be proficient in English so that they can actively participate in the academic program.

To Apply:

2020 STUDY OF THE U.S. INSTITUTE FOR STUDENT LEADERS ON WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP

 

 

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Amman is pleased to announce the 2020 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.

Deadline to apply: December 28, 2019.

OVERVIEW:

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) 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.  Each Institute will have 20 participants and will include a four-week academic residency component and a one-week integrated study tour to another region of the United States.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development will provide participants with an overview of entrepreneurial approaches by reviewing the development, history, challenges, and successes of U.S. entrepreneurial enterprises, including social enterprises, business leadership and women’s economic empowerment, in the United States and globally.  Topics may include, but are not limited to, trade, investment, financial literacy, banking, microfinance, organizational development and management, innovation, emerging markets and risk analysis, strategic business planning, corporate social responsibility, and minorities in entrepreneurship.  To the extent possible, academic sessions will be complemented with hands-on sessions or workshops designed to build skills in the topics mentioned above. The program will take place in Summer of 2020.

Candidates should:

  • Be a citizen of Jordan;
  • be proficient in English;
  • be interested in the topic of entrepreneurship and economic development;
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies at the end of the program, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities 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 their 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 from those of their home country.

OTHER ESSENTIAL PROGRAM INFORMATION:

FUNDING: Through the award given to Bard College, the U.S. Department of State will cover all participant costs, including: program administration; domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence.

HOUSING & MEALS: Housing will be in university dorms or a full service hotel.  Participants may be expected to share a room and bathroom with another student of the same gender.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, although participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.

HEALTH:  All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000 with a $25 co-pay for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered.

REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS: Participants are expected to fully participate in the academic program.  They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings.  Candidates should be made aware that the Institute is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.

Under no circumstances are participants allowed to arrive in the U.S. prior to the start date of the Institute or remain in the U.S. after its end date.  Similarly, participants will not be permitted to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends while in the U.S.

Violations of program rules, host institution rules, or local, state or federal laws can be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.

Participants will have to travel on a J-1 visa; therefore you will be subject to the two-year home-country foreign residency requirement. You must return to your home country for a cumulative total of two years at the end of your exchange visitor program.  You are not prohibited from traveling to the United States, but may not benefit from certain employment-based or family-based visas until the foreign residency requirement is satisfied.

Immediate family members of U.S. Embassy employees are ineligible for this program.

English Language Ability: All candidates must be proficient in English so that they can actively participate in the academic program.

To apply, please fill out the application form using the following link:  SUSI Entrepreneurship Application Form Deadline to apply is: December 28, 2019.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) provides a diverse group of emerging student leaders with a scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study at a U.S. college or university. It is a fully funded academic and cultural exchange program designed to increase participants’ knowledge and global connectivity. Successful applicants can expect an in-depth exposure to U.S. society, culture, and academic institutions, as well as opportunities to enhance their professional skills.

All participants will be enrolled in full-time, non-degree, undergraduate course work chosen from their host institution’s existing curriculum. Participants will be required to take one, 3-credit U.S. studies course to enhance their understanding of the United States. Participants will live in campus housing facilities with American peers, and will be required to participate in twenty hours of community service. There will also be a virtual arrival orientation and an in-person end-of-program workshop.

The program is sponsored by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Eligibility:

  1. Applicants must be a citizen of the country in which they apply for the Global UGRAD Program.
  2. Applicants must be studying in the country in which they apply for the Global UGRAD Program.
  3. 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.
  4. Applicants should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.
  5. Applicants must achieve minimum TOEFL score of 45 ibt.
  6. Preference will be given to those who have had little or NO experience in the U.S. or outside of their home countries.
  7. Applicants are required to return directly to their home country after the completion of the program.
  8. Applicants are over 18 years of age.

Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for the Global UGRAD Program:

  1. U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
  2. Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of their home country;
  3. 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;
  4. 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;
  5. Current World Learning employees and their immediate family members.

Deadline:

All applications must be submitted by December 31, 2019.

For more information:

For application information and instructions, please visit www.worldlearning.org/ugrad .

The Student Leaders program offers outstanding undergraduates from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region an intensive leadership training course of approximately 5 weeks in the United States from June 26 to July 31, 2019. The program emphasizes lessons in participatory governance and the application of leadership skills. The Student Leaders program is a rigorous leadership program for up to 60 undergraduate and graduate students from the Middle East and North Africa. Students are divided among U.S. academic institutions where they develop leadership skills and expand their understanding of civil society and participatory governance 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.

Who is Eligible?

This program is open to university students between the ages of 20 and 24. Preference will be given to traditionally under-served participants, and students who have not previously traveled to the United States. While nominees may be undergraduate or graduate students in any field of academic specialization, it is critical that they exhibit a serious interest in pursuing leadership opportunities in their home countries and demonstrate a desire to deepen their civic engagement. Applicants should demonstrate sufficient English-language skills to participate in U.S. university-level classes and must be enrolled in and attending a university in their home countries. At the time of application and while participating in the program, participants cannot hold U.S. citizenship or be a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident.

How do participants apply?

Participants apply for the program online at https://studentleaders.fluidreview.com and are then interviewed and nominated by Embassies. Expenses for the program are fully paid by the U.S. Department of State.

Deadline: Applications open in October and close in December of each year.

The Fulbright Student (Pre-Doctoral) Awards are offered every year to qualified Jordanian students for higher study and research in the United States. These scholarships are fully funded by the Fulbright Commission in Jordan and are intended for two years’ full-time study towards a Master’s degree only in all fields of student except for medicine, veterinary science, and dentistry.

Application deadline: Annual/winter. Please see the Fulbright Commission in Jordan website for more information.

The Summer Work Travel program is designed for foreign post-secondary students to enter the United States on a nonimmigrant visa to work and travel for a maximum of four months during their summer vacation. Participants pay for their own visa and travel costs and work with an approved agency to find employment opportunities.

Most participants typically work in non-skilled service positions at resorts, hotels, restaurants, and amusement parks. However, summer internships are allowed in other U.S. businesses and organizations including, but not limited to: architecture, science research, graphic art/publishing and other media communication, advertising, computer software and electronics, and legal offices. The term of the internship may not exceed the four-month program duration and must be completed during the student’s summer vacation. U.S. State Department regulations prohibit the placement of program participants as domestic help in U.S. households or in positions requiring them to invest their own money for inventory such as door-to-door sales. Students may choose to apply to the Summer Work Travel Program through the approved agencies in the United States or one of the approved Jordanian agencies listed below.

Approved agencies in Jordan:

Divan International
Cosmopolitan World Wide Experience
Stationcom 
Institute of International Cultural Exchange

For more information, visit the SWT website.

When is the Summer Work Travel (SWT) Season for Jordan?

Summer Work Travel program dates are typically mid-June until mid-October each year, although exact dates for each year are announced early in the calendar year. It is important to note that all participants should return to Jordan when their university starts the next semester.

Who is eligible to participate in the SWT program?

Participants:

  • Must be enrolled in a full-time course of post-secondary study* and must be pursuing a degree from an accredited educational institution;
  • Must demonstrate they will continue studies after participating in SWT. University seniors must show strong plans for graduate school or work in Jordan upon their return;
  • Must demonstrate English proficiency at a level at which they can successfully perform their job and live in the United States.

* Final-year students are eligible to take part in this program during the school’s major academic break immediately following their graduation, as long as they apply to participate in the program prior to graduation.

Can students who are refused a SWT visa re-apply during the same SWT season?

Yes, a previous refusal for a tourist or other type of visa does not preclude you from applying for a SWT visa. However, the SWT program is designed for bona fide students. Students who cannot demonstrate that they returned to Jordan in time last year to begin their classes will be refused a visa.

Furthermore, if the student makes purposeful misstatements as to when he or she returned to Jordan or when school started, they could be found permanently ineligible for a U.S. visa.Those students interested in re-applying for a visa should be able to provide additional or new information that was not available during their previous interview. This information must exhibit a substantial change in their situation or eligibility for a SWT visa.

What does a sponsor do?

Sponsors ensure that participants entering the United States without prearranged employment have sufficient financial resources to support themselves during their search for employment. In addition, sponsors must provide such participants with information on how to seek employment and secure lodging in the United States before they depart their home countries. Finally, sponsors must undertake reasonable efforts to secure suitable employment for participants unable to find jobs on their own after one week.

Have you been issued a SWT visa?

If you were issued a SWT visa, please visit the information about the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

Looking for more information? Please consult the Department of State J-1 visa website for frequently asked questions.

For more information about the Summer Work Travel program, visit the SWT website.