Student Exchange Program

The U.S. Government sponsors a number of academic, professional, and cultural exchange programs in Moldova. The goals of these programs are to foster mutual understanding between the United States and Moldova through exchange and training programs, and to further democratic and economic reforms in Moldova through participants implementing the experience and knowledge they gain in the U.S.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the Department of State oversees the programs worldwide, while the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau is responsible for the programs in Moldova. The U.S. Embassy directly administers several exchange programs, while others are administered by approved partner organizations.

Announcements about U.S. Government exchange opportunities for Moldovans are posted on the U.S. Embassy web page and the web pages of the administering organizations. They are also published in local mass media. The application deadlines for each program vary throughout the year, and therefore program announcements occur at different times. However, the web pages provide general information about the programs throughout the year.
While each program has additional requirements, the basic qualifications for all programs are:

  • Citizenship of the Republic of Moldova and permanent residence in the country (permanent residents of the Transnistrian region may be considered regardless of citizenship).
  • Eligibility for a J-1 visa. Program participants must return to and reside in Moldova for two years after completion of their programs and are not eligible for visa transfers.
  • Some (but not all) programs also require spoken and written proficiency in English.

Participation in U.S. exchange programs is merit-based, and each program has its own criteria for selection. Applicants are evaluated on factors such as academic excellence, leadership potential, knowledge of English, fields of study or research, and preparedness for visiting or living in the United States. The programs offer equal opportunities to all applicants and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap or disability. Preference is generally given to applicants without recent or substantial experience in the United States.

The application and selection process for each program consist of several stages. For the academic exchange programs, for example, the first stage is submission of a written application. Applicants who advance to the next stage are required to attend an oral interview and may be required to demonstrate their English proficiency. Generally, the selection process takes over six months from the time written applications are submitted to the notification of successful candidates. Final candidates for most academic programs are notified of their selection no earlier than March or April. Most participants begin their program and travel to the United States nearly one year after submitting the written application.

For more information send an e-mail to education-moldova@state.gov .

List of Exchange Programs

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar program offers non-degree research grants for senior researchers, university lecturers, or experts in different fields who have a doctoral degree or equivalent professional experience. The program accepts candidates from the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural and applied sciences. Grants are awarded for a period from an academic semester to a full academic year. Usually the program is announced in April with on-line applications due by June 1.

To qualify for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, an applicant must:

  • have citizenship of the Republic of Moldova and permanent residence in the country (permanent residents of the Transnistrian region may be considered regardless of citizenship)
  • be eligible for a U.S. J-1 visa (with two-year home-country residence requirement)
  • hold a doctoral degree or equivalent experience at the time of application;
  • demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the English language to carry out the research project.

For the online application click https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2020  

If you have questions, please write to: education-moldova@state.gov

The Fulbright Faculty Development Program is a one semester, non-degree, professional development program that provides promising junior university faculty with the opportunity to:

  • develop new courses and implement curriculum reform at their home institutions;
  • cultivate teaching skills and techniques based on personal observation of U.S. educational methods;
  • expand the information base in their fields of study;
  • become a vehicle for on-going contact and exchange between their home and host institutions.

The Fulbright Faculty Development Program offers scholarships in any academic field.  To qualify for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program, an applicant must:

  • have citizenship of the Republic of Moldova and permanent residence in the country (permanent residents of the Transnistrian region may be considered regardless of citizenship)
  • be eligible for a U.S. J-1 visa (with two-year home-country residence requirement)
  • hold a university degree;
  • be currently teaching at a Moldovan institution of higher education;
  • have at least two years of teaching experience at an institution of higher education by the time of application;
  • demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English (selected finalists will be required to take the TOEFL test)

One of the important components of the Fulbright Faculty Development Program is a formal affiliation at a U.S. university.  It is not required, but in many cases, applicants are in contact with colleagues at U.S. institutions and have made preliminary plans for their own placements by securing a letter of invitation from the prospective host institution.

The Fulbright Faculty Development Program provides round-trip international and domestic transportation, medical insurance, a monthly stipend, and funds for professional development for the participant.  The program doesn’t allow the participants to be accompanied by their dependents.   Because the Fulbright Faculty Development Program is a non-degree program, Fellows are not permitted to receive transcripts, grades or credit.  Usually, the program is announced in April with on-line applications due by June 1.

Please note: Applicants for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program in Moldova will need to fill out the online application for Fulbright Foreign Student Program. This application is used for both the Foreign Student and Faculty Development programs.

For the online application click https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2020  

If you have questions, please write to: education-moldova@state.gov

The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program sends four to six U.S. faculty and professionals to Moldova each year. Grantees lecture at Moldovan universities and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

For more information visit:
http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/

The Fulbright Senior Specialist Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter grant lengths give specialists greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional commitments.

The goal of this program is to promote increased connections between U.S. and non-U.S. higher education academic institutions and to encourage new activities that go beyond the traditional Fulbright activities of lecturing and research.

For more information visit: http://www.cies.org/

The Fulbright program for U.S. students awards one academic year research grants to U.S. citizens in all fields. The program provides invaluable opportunities to meet, work, and live with the people of Moldova. U.S.

Fulbright students promote cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding through engagement in the community on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.

 

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program places U.S. graduates as English teaching assistants in schools or universities overseas, thus improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country.

ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.

For more information visit: 
http://us.fulbrightonline.org/thinking_teaching.html

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a one-year scholarship offered to mid-career professionals who have a record of leadership, a commitment to public service in either the public or private sector, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at a leading U.S. university. While program participants receive a certificate from the U.S. Government, the program is not designed to deliver an advanced degree. Usually the program is announced in April with on-line application due by June 1.

For more information on the program, please visit: https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/how-apply-humphrey-fellowship-program

For program fields please visit: https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/program-fields

Eligibility criteria:

  • have citizenship of the Republic of Moldova and permanent residence in the country (permanent residents of the Transnistrian region may be considered regardless of citizenship)
  • be eligible for a U.S. J-1 visa (with two-year home-country residence requirement)
  • 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 ((selected finalists will be required to take the TOEFL test)

For the online application click https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

If you have questions, please write to: education-moldova@state.gov

Global UGRAD provides opportunities for current undergraduate students to spend one academic semester of non-degree study in a U.S. university or community college. Participants are selected through an open, merit-based competition.  This program is administered by the U.S. Embassy in cooperation with World Learning.

The U.S. Embassy in Moldova is pleased to announce the annual competitions for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) for the 2020-2021 academic year.  The program is sponsored by the U.S Department of State.  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.  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 at a U.S. university. 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.  In addition to chosen courses, participants will be required to take one, 3-credit U.S. studies course to enhance their understanding of the United States.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. Applicants must be a citizen of Moldova (permanent residents of the Transnistrian region may be considered regardless of citizenship.)
  2. Applicants must be studying in Moldova.
  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 by January 2020. Participants must have at least one semester 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 45ibt.
  6. Preference will be given to those who have had little or NO experience in the U.S. or outside of Moldova.
  7. Applicants are required to return directly to Moldova after the completion of the program.
  8. Applicants are over 18 years of age at the moment of application.

Deadline for the on-line application is December 31, 2019.  For more info and on-line application please visit: https://www.worldlearning.org/program/global-undergraduate-exchange-program/  Please send questions to: education-moldova@state.gov

 

The Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) offers one-year scholarships to high school students. Scholarship winners live in the United States with an American host family, attend high school, experience American community life, and share Moldovan culture with Americans.

Students must be enrolled in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade and must meet specific age requirements to apply. Applicants must have a good command of the English language, a good academic record, and must possess the personal skills, qualities, attitude, and motivation that will enable them to succeed as exchange students.

This program is administered in Moldova by American Councils. For further information visit http://www.americancouncils.md/flex

The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative: Summer Institutes for Youth is a three-and-a-half week program named after the American statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin, in honor of his dedication to strengthening transatlantic cooperation.

The summer institutes bring together young Americans, Europeans, and Central Asians to foster relationships in order to advance freedom across the globe and promote awareness of shared values in light of global challenges of the 21st century.

For more information visit http://bftf.org/

The submission deadline for the applications is December 31, 2019.

 

The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute is an intensive short term exchange program whose purpose is to foster relationships among young Europeans and Americans to build strong linkages and an awareness of shared values.  The program will consist of a series of lectures, seminar discussions and presentations, and a broad assortment of practical, faculty- and mentor-led workshops. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by community service activities, site visits, social and cultural activities, and homestays with American families to deepen participants’ experience of U.S. society during their exchange.

During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to discuss other topics such as democratic practices, conflict resolution, problem solving, communication skills, critical thinking, tolerance and respect for diversity, youth leadership, team building, and the media.  The Institute will also explore how freedom of expression provides rights to and imposes responsibilities on citizens.  Upon their return home, participants will implement service projects in their communities and present an alumni project plan to a youth-serving or youth-centered organization in their home country.

Candidates nominated for this Fellowship will:

– be of 18 years at the time of the program, born between June 22, 2001 and June 22, 2002;
– be highly proficient in English, as demonstrated in a personal interview or the results of a standardized test;
– be committed to enrolling in high school or university in Moldova in fall 2020, following completion of the Institute;
– demonstrate strong leadership potential and interest in transatlantic relations and diplomacy;
– indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
– demonstrate  a high level of academic achievement, as indicated by academic grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
– demonstrate a commitment to community and extracurricular activities;
– have had little or no prior U.S. study or travel experience in the United States;
– be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive;
– be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive summer program, community service, and active educational travel program;
– be comfortable with campus life, shared living accommodations, travel and interaction with a multinational, co-ed group of participants from across Europe and the United States;

– be comfortable with engaging various Americans in the broader community;

– be able to adjust to cultural and social practices different from those of Moldova.

To apply send a message to education-moldova@state.gov with your CV and a 250-word essay outlining a project you would like to implement upon return. Deadline for applications: December 31, 2019

 

The emphasis of International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) program is to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through communication at the personal and professional levels.

The International Visitor Leadership Program brings participants to the United States from all over the world each year to meet and confer with their professional counterparts and to experience the U.S. firsthand.  The visitors, who are current or potential leaders in government, politics, media, education, and other fields, are selected by officials of the U.S. Embassy.

For more information visit: http://exchanges.state.gov/ivlp/ivlp.html

The Open World Program offers short-term professional visits to the U.S. to emerging political and civic leaders from Moldova and other countries. It aims to promote mutual understanding between Moldova and the United States by enabling Moldovan leaders to experience American political and civic life and to share ideas and expertise with their American counterparts.

Most Open World visits last 10 days and focus on a theme that relates to the delegates’ professional or civic work, exposing them to ideas and practices they can adapt to their own situations. The participants are selected by officials of the U.S. Embassy.

In Moldova the program is administered by the American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS).

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program selects outstanding citizens of Moldova to receive scholarships for Master’s level study and professional development in the United States in the fields of economics, education, environmental policy and management, international affairs, journalism and mass communications, law, library and information science, public administration, and public policy.

The Fulbright Program’s application process is lengthy and rigorous, and prospective applicants are encouraged to consider carefully their intentions, goals, future plans and prospective projects before applying for a Fulbright grant. The competition for Fulbright Program grants is merit-based. Candidates are selected based on a variety of factors that may include (but are not limited to):

  • academic qualifications,
  • project feasibility,
  • personal leadership ability,
  • available grant funds.

Eligibility criteria:

  • have citizenship of the Republic of Moldova and permanent residence in the country (permanent residents of the Transnistrian region may be considered regardless of citizenship)
  • be eligible for a U.S. J-1 visa (with two-year home-country residence requirement)
  • an undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree at the moment of application
  • limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • demonstrated personal leadership qualities
  • English language ability ((selected finalists will be required to take the TOEFL and GRE tests)

Fellows are placed at academic institutions throughout the United States to take part in graduate programs that are one year or longer in length. Many programs lead to a master’s degree or certificate from a U.S. institution, depending on the field of specialization, type of program, and the needs of the candidate. Usually the program is announced in April with on-line application due by June 1.

For the online application click https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2020

If you have questions, please write to: education-moldova@state.gov