Youth Programs

Youth Exchanges

Every year, the Embassy of the United States offers young Moroccans the opportunity to engage in first-hand cultural exchange with their American peers through our diverse educational and cultural exchange programs.  These programs are overseen within the U.S. Department of State by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and are managed by the U.S. Embassy and through local partners, MACECE and AMIDEAST. These educational and leadership focused exchange programs range from short visit programs not exceeding one week to long-term postgraduate degrees.

U.S. Exchange Opportunities for High School or University Students (see details below): 

  • Community Engagement Exchange Program (CEE)
  • Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)
  • Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES)
  • TechGirls
  • MEPI Student Leaders Program
  • Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship
  • Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership
  • MEPI Tomorrow’s Leaders (TL)
  • Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience
  • Fulbright Exchanges
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All the U.S. government-funded exchange programs are highly competitive. The Exchange Program Committee at the U.S. Embassy first screens all applications thoughtfully and objectively for technical eligibility based on requirements that are specific to each program. Priority is given to candidates who have no or very little prior study or travel experience in the United States.  Candidates are selected based on a variety of criteria that may include (but are not limited to):

  • Academic excellence
  • Cross-cultural interest
  • Personal leadership ability
  • English language ability
  • Commitment to returning to Morocco to share new skills and expertise with others

Accepted applications are then ranked according to criteria established by the U.S. Department of State and top candidates are interviewed by the Exchange Program Committee.  The applications of the leading candidates are then evaluated by a panel convened in the United State by the U.S. State Department or its partner organization.

Details on Youth Exchanges Opportunities:

The program offers students from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region a unique opportunity to pursue quality higher education and earn a master’s degree in one of the following fields:

• M.A. in Applied Economics
• M.A. in Education
• M.A. in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
• M.A. in International Affairs
• M.S. in Molecular Biology

WHO CAN APPLY?

To be eligible to apply, you must:

1. Be committed to complete your Master’s degree within two-years – starting Fall 2021.
2.Be committed to pursue hands-on public policy research and work as a part of your Master’s program.
3. Demonstrate academic excellence.
4.Be a citizen of Morocco. Note:American citizens and Green Card holders are not eligible to apply.
5.Demonstrate financial need status per MEPI and LAU’s Financial Aid policies.

Applicants should be underrepresented or economically deserving students and should submit the relevant Financial Aid application.

WHAT DOES THE TLG PROGRAM COVER?

If you are accepted, the program will cover the following:

1. Full coverage of all applicable charges for enrollment, tuition, and fees.
2. University Medical insurance coverage.
3. A monthly living allowance.
4. One laptop for the duration of the program.
5. A yearly book allowance.
6. Student housing.
7. Two roundtrip tickets to home country.
8. Exposure to and engagement in different community development projects and/or internships.

HOW CAN ONE APPLY TO THE TLG PROGRAM?

Applicants are required to complete the LAU-TLG Admission application AND the compulsory Financial Aid application no later than June 15, 2021.

For the detailed application process please visit the program website https://mepitl.lau.edu.lb/programs/graduate

The CEE Program is a dynamic global network of innovators working with communities to address critical 21st Century issues. CEE equips dedicated visionaries with the expertise, skills, and resources to develop multisector approaches and build healthy and engaged communities in over 100 countries.

A transformational leadership development experience, CEE is a year-long program designed to enable civil society leaders, ages 21-28, 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.

Fellowship components include:

·         Three-month Practicum in the United States: IREX matches CEE fellows to civil society organizations throughout the United States. Designated supervisors and peers support the fellows through a three-month, hands-on professional practicum.

·         Leadership and Civic Engagement Academy: CEE Fellows explore the program themes through interactive curriculum that includes service learning, face-to-face trainings, mentorship, professional coaching, and inclusion in a global network.

·         Community Engagement Project (CEP): With the help of their U.S. host organization and mentors, CEE fellows design and plan a community engagement project to carry out after they return home. Once the fellows depart the U.S., they put these projects into action in their home communities.

·         Community Engagement Project (CEP) Exchange: Select U.S. hosts and CEE Specialists will travel to a CEE Alumnus’ country and work collaboratively to support the fellow’s project implementation and bring back what they learn to strengthen communities across the United States or their home country.

Application Information

The CEE Fellow application will be open from Monday, November 15 through Friday, January 14 at 11:59 pm EST. 

Eligibility Requirements

Competition for the CEE Program is merit-based and open to emerging civil society and community leaders who meet the criteria below. Applications that do not meet these eligibility requirements will be disqualified and will not be reviewed by the selection committee.

·         You are between the ages of 21-28 at the time of application

·         You are a citizen of one of the eligible countries listed below

·         You have a minimum of two years of professional or volunteer experience at the time of application

·         You are living and working in your home country

o    Individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration

o    You are working on a community engagement initiative in your home country, either in a professional or volunteer capacity, with a vision to pursue a career working to support civil society

o   You have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English at the time of application

o    Semifinalists will be required to take or submit recent scores for a TOEFL or IELTS English language test

o    You are available to travel to the U.S. for three months

o    You are committed to returning to your home country to complete a Community Engagement Project (CEP)

o    You are not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. and have not applied for U.S. permanent residency within the past three years

o    You are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa

o    Applicants who have participated in an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government must have fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application

o    You are committed to returning to your home country for a minimum of two years after completing the program and

o    You are not a current IREX employee or consultant, or their immediate family member

Follow the link to submit your application: bit.ly/CEE2022apply

The Student Leaders Program is a rigorous leadership and civic engagement program for up to 64 competitively selected undergraduate and graduate students between the ages of 20 and 24 from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Students are placed in U.S. universities where they complete academic coursework, develop leadership and project management skills, and expand their understanding of civil society and participatory governance processes in the United States and MENA region. The cornerstone of the program is the development of Community Engagement Plans (CEP), where each student identifies an issue/opportunity that they would like to improve in their communities. During the program, students will have the opportunity to meet their American peers, engage in community service activities, and meet civil society organizations.

The Student Leaders Program 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, and is tentatively scheduled to take place from June 29 until July 28, 2022. 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.  A competitive follow-on Accelerator Workshop may be held in the MENA region.

Applicants must hold citizenship of Algeria, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Libya, or the West Bank and Gaza. Applicants cannot hold U.S. citizenship and cannot be a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident.

  • Must have ability to fully participate in the intensive summer program in late June 2022 to the end of July 2022;
  • Are 20 to 24 years of age as of the program start date of June 29, 2022 and end date of July 28, 2022 (birth dates falling between July 28, 1998 and June 29, 2002);
  • Demonstrate the strong English language skills needed to participate in a U.S. academic program;
  • Are committed to returning to or remaining in their home country/community following completion of the program;
  • Demonstrate strong leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to civic engagement;
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • Are not a third-country national of the nominating country;
  • Have a sustained high level of academic achievement and currently attending an undergraduate or graduate program, have graduated from an undergraduate program within 6 months or less from the program start date of June 29, 2022 or will commence graduate studies in the Fall 2022 semester in their home country; will not be commencing study in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in the USA during the fall 2022 USA academic semester;
  • Preference will be given to those applicants from households with limited family income, no prior travel experience in the United States or Canada, and limited to no study or travel experience outside their home country;
  • Are willing and able to participate fully in virtual or in person intensive academic, community service, and educational travel activities;
  • In the case of an in-person program, are comfortable with campus life, sharing living accommodations while traveling with a multinational group of participants from the Middle East and North Africa region and with U.S. citizens, and making adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home countries/communities; and
  • In the case of an in-person program, are comfortable living with another program participant of the same sex in a shared room as well as traveling to the USA and participating in the program without any accompanying friends or family members.
  • In the case of a fully virtual or hybrid program, are able to balance competing obligations of the intensive program with home circumstances of family, school, work, etc; exhibit time management skills; demonstrate a flexible and positive attitude to want to learn and engage with a multinational group of participants from the Middle East and North Africa region and with U.S. citizens.
To apply, go to this website: https://studentleaders-apply.smapply.io/
 
For more details follow the link https://mepi.state.gov/leadership/faqs/

TechGirls is an international summer exchange program designed to empower and inspire young women from around the world to pursue careers in science and technology.

Since 2012, TechGirls has trained and mentored 343 teenage girls (ages 15-17) from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen. In 2019, the program expanded to include young women from Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan).

In 2022, the program will expand to support approximately 111 young women from 36 participating countries and 25 U.S. peers in a dynamic four week U.S.- based experience with a 8-month mentoring program (including pre- and post-exchange).

The core of the program is a 27-day experience in the United States in partnership with Virginia Tech University (tentatively scheduled for July 2022). TechGirls participate in an interactive technology and computer camp, then travel to one of the following cities (Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Portland or Seattle) for job shadowing at a tech company, and homestay and community service experiences. The TechGirls programming yields a multiplier effect – as the benefits of the exchange go beyond the TechGirls participants, but multiply to positively impact their wider communities.

Requirements:

Girls eligible to apply are those who:

  • Are between the ages of 15 and 17 at the start of the exchange July 7th, 2022
  • Have demonstrated interest in STEM fields and intend to pursue higher education or career in technology.
  • Are committed to completing a follow-on project
  • Have at least one semester of secondary school remaining after the program

Follow this link to submit your application https://techgirlsglobal.org

Deadline: January 15, 2022

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is a fully funded academic and cultural exchange program designed to increase participants’ knowledge and global connectivity. Global UGRAD participants come from 60+ countries and study for a semester at universities across the United States. After the program, participants are higher-achieving students, stronger leaders, and more actively engaged in their communities.

What Students Gain from Global UGRAD:

Leadership Skills | Intercultural Understanding | Networking Opportunities Professional Development | Exchange Experience | New Friendships | Community Service

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • The applicant must be a Moroccan citizen residing in Morocco
  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of the program’s start
  • Be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student
  • Have completed at least one semester of college by August 2022.
  • Have at least one semester remaining upon program end.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Demonstrated academic excellence, cross-cultural interest, and leadership potential

*Global Ugrad is a non-degree program
*Priority will be given to candidates with no/limited travel abroad

Application Deadline: January 6, 2022

https://www.worldlearning.org/program/global-undergraduate-exchange-program/

  exchangeprograms@worldlearning.org

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program provides scholarships for high school students to study for one academic year in the United States. YES students live with a host family, attend an American high school, acquire leadership skills, and engage in activities to learn about U.S. society and values; they also help educate Americans about their home country and culture. The program supports students with disabilities and encourages their participation.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the YES program was established by the U.S. Congress in 2003 to improve understanding between countries with significant Muslim populations and the United States. YES students serve as “youth ambassadors” of their home country, forming a cultural bridge of understanding by forming lasting relationships with their host families and communities.

After their year in the United States, YES alumni can look forward to participating in the active Moroccan YES alumni network.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Be between the ages of 15 and 17 (be born between August 15, 2005 and August 15, 2007) by the start of program (August 15, 2022);
  • Be enrolled in a secondary school at the time of application;
  • Be entering 10th or 11th grade in Fall 2021;
  • Have the equivalent of a B average or better without failing grades and have a record of high academic achievement;
  • Demonstrate flexibility and commitment to promoting cross-cultural understanding;
  • Meet a minimum English proficiency requirement;
  • Not be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and was not born in the U.S.
  • Be a citizen of Morocco;
  • Meet U.S. J-1 visa eligibility requirements (for instance, U.S. citizens are not eligible for J-1 visa).

HOW TO APPLY

  • Fill out the Kennedy-Lugar YES application completely.
  • Provide official school grades for the last three years.
  • Provide one current photo
  • Provide a birth certificate

Applicants can submit the application online to MoroccoYES@amideast.org, deliver it in person to Amideast, or mail the application to the following address:

Kennedy-Lugar YES Program
Amideast 35, Rue Oukaimeden, Agdal, Rabat

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

The program can support students with disabilities and encourages their participation. The Department of State and the YES program work with Mobility International (MIUSA) to provide students with disabilities leadership-building workshops, appropriate information and support as needed to enhance their year in America. Students with disabilities must also meet the above eligibility requirements

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION IS NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021

2022 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development – Deadline: December 12, 2021

The U.S. Embassy in Morocco is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2022 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.

**The five-week program will take place at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst; exact dates will be communicated at the time of selection.  Should health, safety, and travel conditions continue to pose significant challenges, the program will pivot to a modified virtual format.**

Applications closed!

Program Description

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.  Each Institute has 20 participants.  The Institutes consist of a four-week academic residency with a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  Site visits, leadership development, cultural activities, and community service complement the coursework and academic sessions.  If conditions allow, the Institute will include a one-week integrated study tour in the United States.  Note that if the program must take place virtually, participants will engage in similar activities but online from their home countries.

The Study of the U.S. Institute 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: social capital strategies for sustainable economic development, financial literacy; banking; microfinance; organizational development and management; innovation; emerging markets and risk analysis; strategic business planning; corporate social responsibility; and minorities in entrepreneurship.  Academic sessions will be complemented with hands-on sessions or workshops designed to build skills in the topics mentioned above.  The Institute will encourage participants to develop innovative and practical plans to become engaged citizens in their own communities.  Should conditions allow, the SUSIs for Global Student Leaders will begin with an Opening Forum in Washington, D.C., offering opportunities for networking, foundational leadership skills development, and exploring relevant topics from multi-regional perspectives.

Candidate description and qualifications:

  • be proficient in English;
  • be interested in the topics of entrepreneurship and economic development;
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and be committed to returning 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 Morocco;
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel;
  • if the program is conducted in-person, be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to adjust to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country;

·        if the program must be conducted virtually, the Embassy will ensure that participants have access to the internet or help facilitate such access.

How to apply?

Complete and submit your online application in English, through this online platform:

2022 SUSI on entrepreneurship and economic development application

Questions about the program can be sent to the following e-mail address: rabatexchanges@state.gov.

The application deadline is Sunday, December 12, 2021 at midnight.  No late applications will be accepted.

This particular institute is open ONLY to Moroccan female applicants.

The five-week program is scheduled to take place beginning June 2022. *IMPORTANT: Travel of the finalists to the U.S. depends on the progress of the COVID-19 epidemiological situation. Should health, safety, and travel conditions continue to pose significant challenges, the program will pivot to a modified virtual format.

Participants from the 2021 hybrid Institutes are now considered SUSI alumni and cannot submit their applications for this year’s edition of the institute.

The Study of the U.S. Branch (ECA/A/E/USS) is pleased to invite candidate nominations from Morocco on the following theme: Public Policy.

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 Institutes consist of a four-week academic residency with a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  Site visits, leadership development, cultural activities, and community service complement the coursework and academic sessions.

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Young Women Leaders enhance participants’ knowledge of U.S. history, government, institutions, society, and culture while developing their leadership skills.  The Institutes will incorporate a focus on American historical events as well as contemporary American life including current political, social, and economic debates in a pluralistic society.  The Institutes will examine how government policies, business and private sector practices, and socio-cultural norms engage and affect women through the four thematic lenses presented below.  The Institutes will also provide participants with opportunities to discuss current U.S. and global women’s issues such as: progress and opportunities for women’s leadership, combatting violence against women, addressing income disparity and other challenges to women in the workplace, women’s health issues, and the ways in which women can contribute to global peace, security, and stability.

The SUSI for Young Women Leaders on Public Policy will examine topics including, but are not limited to, women in public service, the roles of government, private sector, civil society, and media in the policymaking process, and public policy as it relates education, public health, economic issues, technology and privacy, and diversity and inclusion, among others.2

CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

Participants are expected to be highly motivated first through third year undergraduate students from colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education, who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.

  •  be female;
  •  be proficient in English;
  • ·be interested in the Institute topic;
  •  be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and be committed to returning 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;

Follow this link to submit your application: Apply here

The new deadline to submit your application is Sunday, January 23, 2022

Between the Lines is a two-week writing workshop residency program at the University of Iowa with two additional days of programs in Chicago. Young writers who are interested in sharpening their writing skills, deepening their understanding of American culture and sharing their experience with young American writers, will be immersed in the creative writing culture of the U.S.

For more information, please contact RabatExchanges@state.gov

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for Moroccan professionals and academics to pursue educational opportunities in the U.S. Program funding is provided by the U.S. Congress through an annual appropriation to the U.S. Department of State. Foreign governments, colleges and universities and private foundations also provide direct and indirect support.

The competition for Fulbright Program grants is merit-based. 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.

Candidates are selected based on a variety of factors that may include (but are not limited to):

  • Academic qualifications
  • Academic or programs goals while in the U.S.
  • Personal leadership ability
  • English language abilities
  • Commitment to returning to Morocco to share new skills and expertise with others

In Morocco, the Fulbright Program is administered by MACECE, the official binational Fulbright Commission

Morocco American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE)
Address: 7 Rue Agadir Rabat, Morocco 10010
Tel: (+212) 537. 76.4 1.09 / 537.76.04.68
Fax: (+212) 537.76.88.52
E-mail: info@macece.ma
Website: http://www.macece.org

Details on all Fulbright Programs for Moroccans are listed under the “Grants/Grants for Moroccans” tab on MACECE webpage. 

2022 Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate Program

The U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and Amideast are pleased to announce this year’s

recruitment for the Tomorrow’s Leaders (TL) Undergraduate Program. The TL 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.

Eligible students include men and women who have the potential to become leaders, represent the region’s cultural, religious, and geographic diversity, are from socio-economically deserving backgrounds, and are unable to afford four years of college enrollment at an American university in the MENA region.

The primary objective of the TL program is to build a cadre of university-aged leaders who are civic-minded, intellectually able, and professionally skilled, who will become community, business, and national leaders in the future. The program intends to nurture leadership skills and the spirit of civic engagement and volunteerism. Selected students will join the 608 Tomorrow’s Leaders who have already participated in this program.

Tomorrow’s Leaders may pursue an eligible undergraduate degree in a selected field at one of the three host institutions and should be prepared to begin the program in the Fall 2022 term. Participants are expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, engage in community service activities, and participate in career-relevant internships. Students may also have an opportunity for a study abroad semester in the U.S. Students are expected to have strong English language skills; limited English- language training will be provided for some participants.

Participation in the program includes: full tuition coverage (for a maximum period of four academic years) at one of the participating universities, health insurance, housing, monthly living allowance, two yearly round trip tickets from and to your home country, civic leadership and career-oriented workshops, internship opportunities, and faculty mentorship and guidance.

Eligibility:

· Current high school senior or applicant who graduated from high school in 2021;

· A citizen or, national of Morocco and those qualified to hold a valid Moroccan passport;

· Strong academic credentials;

· Proficiency in written and spoken English with a minimum of 55 for the TOEFL iBT that is less than two years old;

· Students who qualify may be eligible for up to one year of intensive English Language training;

· Maturity, flexibility and leadership potential;

· Must maintain a high GPA and pass high school leaving exam in final year;

· Ability to start the program in August of 2022.

Note: U.S. Citizens or U.S. Legal Permanent Residents are not eligible to apply.

If you do not have a TOEFL score, or if your score is more than two years old, contact Amideast for test scheduling

New deadline : December 22, 2021 

Further information is available online at www.amideast.org/tl.

For questions, please contact Amideast at:

Email: njaber@amideast.org sbenbella@amideast.org ;

Tel: 05 37 67 50 75

For more information about the TL program, please go to: https://mepi.state.gov/leadership/tomorrows-leadersprogram/

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