Exchange Programs for University Students

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders are intensive short-term summer 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.

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.

To apply:

Application deadline: annual/early winter. The embassy will post information about the application procedures and deadline when the annual program is announced.


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:

  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 demonstrate a command of written and spoken English. The TOEFL exam will be required of those selected as finalists or alternates.
  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 must be committed 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. 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.

To Apply:

Application deadline: Annual/late fall. The embassy will post information about the application procedures and deadline when the annual program is announced.

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 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
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?


  • 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.