Exchange Programs

The Cultural Affairs section arranges a variety of U.S.-government sponsored exchange programs that link Iraqis and Americans. These programs are intended to introduce participants to the United States and American people and culture, as well as provide them with a chance to exchange ideas with their American colleagues. Educational and cultural exchanges create human bonds and enduring relationships that build bridges of cooperation and understanding between peoples.

These programs and scholarships cover a wide range of interests including communications and journalism, law, human rights, economic development, science and technology, teaching English, and other disciplines.

The invitation to visit the U.S. under the auspices of the majority of these exchange programs is extended by U.S. embassies. For that reason, individuals cannot apply to participate in these programs. Please visit the EducationUSA website for information about studying in the U.S.

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EXCHANGES FOR STUDENTS

Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience (BTL)” Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience will bring together 40 international and 10 U.S.-based students for two weeks of intensive BTL summer programming hosted online by the International Writing Program (IWP) and the University of Iowa (UI).  All programming is conducted in English and includes creative writing workshops, world literature seminars, literary readings and Q&As with visiting authors, youth and mentor conversation sessions, social opportunities for cultural exchange, as well as group and individual writing assignments outside of class.

Age range: 15-18 years old
Duration of the program: 2 weeks.

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement.

Deadline: March 2022.

The Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders Religious Diversity and Democracy 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 SUSI on Religious Diversity and Democracy will enhance participants’ knowledge of U.S. history, government, institutions, society, and culture within the context of the theme.  Participants will explore the intersection of religious diversity and pluralism with American democracy; the First Amendment and separation of church and state; early religious traditions and the current religious landscape of the United States; conflict resolution and interfaith dialogue in a democracy; and the engagement of faith groups in civil society and the voluntary sector.

Age range: 18-25 years old

Duration of the program: 4-5 weeks

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement

Application form available here

Deadline: November 10th, 2022

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 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.

Age range: 18-25 years old
Duration of the program: 5 weeks

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement

Application form available here

Deadline: November 10th, 2022

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 SUSI on Climate Change and the Environment will enhance participants’ knowledge of U.S. history, government, institutions, society, and culture within the context of the theme.  Participants may also explore sustainable development; clean energy; conservation; environmental justice; ocean protection; pollution; economic impact; public health; and the impact of climate change specifically on underserved, youth, and minority populations and communities, including indigenous peoples.

Age range: 18-25 years old
Duration of the program: 5 weeks

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement

Application form available here

Deadline: November 10th, 2022

English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to economically disadvantaged 13- to 20-year-olds through two years of after-school classes and intensive learning sessions.  Access also provides teachers/administrators and alumni with professional development opportunities and continued English language training.  Participants gain greater understanding and appreciation for U.S. culture and democratic values through various cultural enhancement activities, and they improve their competitiveness for future programs and exchanges.

Age range: 13-20 years old
Duration of the program: 2 years

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement

Deadline:

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for Undergraduate Students

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for Undergraduate Students provides four weeks of fully funded leadership training and classroom instruction to talented and dedicated students from Iraq.  Participants, hosted at four universities throughout the United States, focus on many thematic “Institutes” Each Institute consists of classroom instruction, field trips, site visits, community service, leadership training, conflict resolution training, and cultural exchanges.

Age range: 18-25 years old

Duration of the program: 4 weeks

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement

Deadline: December 6, 2021

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for High School Students (in English)

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for High School Students (in English) is a four-week youth leadership exchange based in the United States for Iraqi teenagers ages 15-17.  Iraqi adult mentors also participate in this program as chaperones.  The program aims to develop a cadre of young adults in Iraq and the United States who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to community development, an awareness of current and global issues, strong interpersonal leadership skills, and a willingness to foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups in Iraq.

Age range: 15-17 years old
Duration of the program: 4 weeks

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement

Deadline: December 6, 2021

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for High School Students (in Arabic)

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for High School Students (in Arabic) is a program modeled on IYLEP (in English), that brings together high school students aged 15-17 and their adult mentors for a similar dynamic four-week program but provides Arabic translation.  Students develop skills in leadership, civic education and responsibility, diversity awareness and tolerance, and civil engagement, as well as have opportunities for structured English-language learning.  This program caters to students who meet the same eligibility criteria for IYLEP except for English language proficiency.

Age range: 15-17 years old
Duration of the program: 4 weeks

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement 

Deadline: December 6, 2021

Leaders for Democracy is a three-month academic course for young democratic reform leaders from the Middle East and North Africa to complete both academic coursework and a practical, skill-building experience in their field of choice in the U.S.

Age range: 28-35 years old
Duration of the program: 3 months

 

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement

 

Deadline:

The Student Leaders Program (SLP) is a yearlong three-part program: pre-summer, summer, and post-summer with the most intensive part taking place during the summer.  The summer program is an intensive 5-week program.  The summer program will either be a virtual, hybrid, or in-person program depending on the state of the global pandemic.  Upon completion of the summer program, students will implement their Community Engagement Plans and receive follow-on support, training, and professional networking opportunities, including joining the 2,000 strong MEPI Alumni network.

Age range: 20-24 years old
Duration of the program: one year

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement

Deadline: December 13, 2021

Tomorrow’s Leaders Graduate program (TLG) offers students from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) a unique opportunity to pursue a master’s degree through leading American institutions with American accreditation in the MENA region: the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Lebanese American University (LAU).

Age range: A bachelor’s degree holder

Duration of the program: 2 years

For more information, please visit: Program Announcement

To apply, please click here

Deadline: December 5, 2022

The Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate Program is an innovative opportunity that offers degree-granting, university-level undergraduate scholarships at select U.S. accredited institutions of higher education in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): The American University of Beirut (AUB), The Lebanese American University (LAU) in Lebanon, and The American University in Cairo (AUC) in Egypt.

Age range: High school students (12th grade,)

Duration of the program: 4 years

For more information, please visit: Program Announcement

To apply, please click here

Deadline: December 5, 2022

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides opportunities to Iraqi graduate students and young professionals to earn a Master’s degree in the U.S. universities.  The Program is open to all fields of study, with the exception of medical sciences.

Age range:  A bachelor’s degree holder

Duration of the program: 2 years

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement

Deadline: May 7, 2022

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 foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

Age range: Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four-year university degree or equivalent.

Duration of the program: 4 weeks

Deadline: Once a year. This is a nomination-based 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 community leaders from around the world with an intensive, professional development exchange program in the United States. CSP fellows gain valuable experience in community work and strengthen their capacity for leadership and development in their home countries.

Age range: 25-38 years old
Duration of the travel: 5 months

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement

Deadline: January 14, 2022

The Community Engagement Exchange Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IREX.

The Community Engagement Exchange Program is a year-long program designed to enable civil society leaders to harness the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, specifically on issues related to civic dialogue and peacebuilding, open and participatory government, women and gender, resilience and sustainable development, and youth engagement.

Age range: 21-28 years old
Duration of the travel: One year

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement

Deadline:

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs that provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The program goal is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.

Age range: Mid-career professionals, 30-50 years old

Duration of the program: 5-6 weeks

For program information, please visit: Program Announcement

Application form is available at: SUSI for Scholars DOCX or SUSI for Scholars PDF 

Application form must be submitted to: IraqSUSI@state.gov

Deadline: October 31, 2022

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators (SUSIs) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs that provide foreign secondary school educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The program goal is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad.

Age range: 30-50

Duration of the program: 5 weeks

To apply or for more information, please visit:  Program Announcement

Application form is available at: SUSI for Secondary Educators DOCX or SUSI for Secondary Educators PDF 

Application form must be submitted to: IraqSUSI@state.gov

Deadline: October 31, 2022

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq brings junior Iraqi scholars to U.S. institutions for faculty development, mentoring, and cultural exchange activities.  Discipline-based cohorts will spend 10 weeks at selected U.S. host institutions, where they will be introduced to new teaching and research methods, observe classes, attend seminars, and develop linkages with American faculty through weekly mentoring sessions.  Ongoing community engagement with university-identified host families, volunteers, or others in the broader local community will facilitate the scholars’ participation in outreach activities, including visits to historical sites and attendance at cultural events.  While introduction to new research methods in the scholars’ disciplines is one component of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq, the program is not intended to provide a venue for individual research projects.

Age range: Mid-career professionals, 30-50 years old

Duration of the program: 10 weeks

To apply or for more information, please visit:  Program Announcement

Deadline: December 1, 2022

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the Fulbright FLTA Program is a nine-month non-degree program aimed at strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities, while providing current or future teachers of English with the opportunity to refine their skills, increase their English language proficiency, and extend their knowledge of U.S. society and culture. Fulbright FLTA participants will serve as assistant teachers of Arabic at U.S. universities or high schools and take graduate courses related to their career in English language teaching, also interact with their host communities in conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects.

Age range: English Teachers

Duration of the program: 9 months, non-degree program

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement

Deadline: June 3, 2022

The Fulbright TEA Program brings international teachers to the United States for a six-week program that offers academic seminars for professional development at a host university. Participants observe classrooms and share their expertise with teachers and students at the host university and at local secondary schools. Teachers are nominated to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program based on their educational experience, academic training, leadership and professional experience.

Age range: Teachers of English, math, science, social studies, including special education teachers

Duration of the program: 6 weeks

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement

Deadline: March 5, 2022

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides accomplished Iraqi young and mid-career professionals with ten months of non-degree academic study, leadership development, and professional enrichment in the United States.  Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and commitment to public service either in the public or the private sector.

Age range: Mid-career professionals
Duration of the program: 10 months

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement

Deadline: June 3, 2022

International Writing Program’s (IWP) Fall Residency at the University of Iowa is an ECA-funded 12-week Fall Residency program for established writers who have achieved literary distinction in their own countries, as well as for rising stars who have demonstrated notable literary talent.  Fiction and literary non-fiction writers, bloggers, screenwriters, poets, and dramatists are eligible for nomination.  Except in extraordinary circumstances, candidates should have at least one published volume of work or professional script credit or works that have appeared in significant publications or attracted significant audiences over a period of at least two years.  Nominees must be fluent in English, comfortable with cross-cultural dynamics, and eager to engage with writers from diverse cultures.

Age range: Fiction and literary non-fiction writers, bloggers, screenwriters, poets, and dramatists.
Duration of the program: 12 weeks

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement

Deadline:

ONEBEAT is a musical fellowship which aims at using music as a tool to promote dialogue, creation, and social engagement. The program is open to young musicians between the ages of 19-35 who not only have musical talent but also leadership skills, entrepreneurial spirit and a strong commitment to their societies. ONEBEAT consists of a two-week RESIDENCY followed by a two-week TOUR.  During the RESIDENCY, fellows form small ensembles and create original material and develop workshop ideas.  While on TOUR, fellows give public performances in various U.S. cities and states and lead workshops with youth and communities groups.

Age range: 19-35 years old
Duration of the program: 4 weeks

To apply or for more information, please visit: Program Announcement

Deadline: January-February