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)
- 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:
2021 Community Engagement Exchange Program - Applications closed
- Fully-funded, three-month practicum at a civil society organization in the U.S.
- Online and face-to-face training in leadership and community engagement
- Service Learning opportunities
- Mentorship Developmental support of Fellows’ projects in their home countries
- You are between the ages of 20 and 27 as of November 1, 2020
- You are a Moroccan citizen
- You are living and working in your home country at the time of application
- 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
- You have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English at the time of application
- Semifinalists will be required to take or submit recent scores for a TOEFL or IELTS English language test
- You are available to travel to the U.S. for three months from October 2021 to January 2022
- You are committed to returning to your home country to complete a community-based project or CEE “Community Engagement Project (CEP)”
- 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
- Applicants who have participated in an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government must have fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement before applying for CEE
- You are committed to returning to your home country for a minimum of two years after completing the program and
- You are not a current employee of or consultant for the U.S. Department of State or IREX or an immediate family member
2020 MEPI Student Leaders - Applications closed!
MEPI Student Leaders Program is an intensive 5-week training program in four U.S.-based universities for about 60 undergraduate and graduate students (age 20-24) from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Students learn about leadership, civil society, and government processes and how they may apply these skills in their home countries.
Students are divided up among U.S. academic institutions where they develop leadership skills and expand their understanding of civil society, as well as the democratic process 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.
The institutes include academic coursework, as well as site visits to local and regional community organizations in the United States. Upon completion of the U.S.-based programs, host institutes work with participants to implement civic engagement programs in their home communities.
After the U.S. program concludes and as funding allows, the U.S. Department of State may hold follow-on trainings and events overseas in the region that program alumni can apply for through a competitive, application-based selection process.
Information related to candidate eligibility and requirements for the application processes are located on the MEPI website at https://mepi.state.gov/
To apply, go to this website: https://studentleaders.fluidreview.com/
2021 TechGirls - Applications closed!
TechGirls is a three-week youth exchange program that focuses on the high-level study of technology while fostering mutual understanding among the youth of the United States and the MENA region. The exchange empowers young girls to pursue careers in the science and technology sectors. Complete and submit your online application at https://www.legacyintl.org/techgirls/.
- Be a high school student between the ages of 15 and 17
- 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
2021 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) - Deadline March 15, 2021
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (also known as the Global UGRAD Program) is a merit-based scholarship for outstanding undergraduate students to study in the U.S. for one semester in a non-degree full-time study program. Selected students will have the opportunity for in-depth exposure to U.S. society, culture, and academic life by engaging in substantive courses and community service at U.S universities.
Participants will live in campus housing facilities with American peers, and will be required to participate in twenty hours of community service.
- Moroccan citizenship
- Have at least 18 years old
- Undergraduate student in any academic field of study, having completed a minimum of their first semester of study
- Have at least one semester left before graduation
- Demonstrated academic excellence, cross-cultural interest, and leadership potential
- Proficiency in written and spoken English
Apply now at https://www.worldlearning.org/ugrad before February 28, 2021
2021 Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) - Applications closed!
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.
- Must be born between August 1, 2004 and August 1, 2006;
- Be enrolled in a secondary school at the time of application;
- Be entering 10th or 11th grade in Fall 2020;
- 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;
- 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);
- Not be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and was not born in the U.S.
HOW TO APPLY
- Fill out the Kennedy-Lugar YES application completely.
- Provide official school grades for the last three years.
- Provide a passport-sized 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
Application Deadline: November 15, 2020.
2021 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development – Applications closed!
The Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development is an intensive short-term academic program 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 Institute 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. The Institute will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week. During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.
- be proficient in English;
- be interested in the topic of entrepreneurship and economic development;
- be between 18 and 25 years of age;(by the time of the program)
- 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.
2021 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership - Applications closed!
The Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership is an intensive short term academic program whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate female student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. This five-week program 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 Institute on Women’s Leadership will be hosted by the University of Kansas.
- Be a female student between the ages of 18 and 25
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate program at a university or other higher education institution and 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
- Be proficient in English and interested in the topic of Women’s Leadership
- Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities;
- Have a sustained high level of academic achievement and a demonstrated 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
2020 Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience - Applications closed!
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) 5220.127.116.11
Details on all Fulbright Programs for Moroccans are listed under the “Grants/Grants for Moroccans” tab on MACECE webpage.
2021 Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program - Applications closed
The Tomorrow’s Leaders Program is a MEPI initiative for capable and highly motivated high school seniors in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) who are from underserved backgrounds. The program will provide four-year university enrollment and internship opportunities at select institutions of higher learning in the MENA region.
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 MEPI’s Tomorrow’s Leaders program is to build a cadre of university-age 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 among outstanding students at the American University of Beirut (AUB), the American University in Cairo (AUC), and the Lebanese American University (LAU). Selected students will join the 559 Tomorrow’s Leaders who have 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 2021 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 United States. 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.
Click on the links below for more information about available majors:
- Current high school senior or applicant who graduated from high school in 2020;
- 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/September of 2021.
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.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION IS DECEMBER 4, 2020
Further information is available online at www.amideast.org/tl.
For questions, please contact AMIDEAST at:
For more information about the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative, please go to: https://mepi.state.gov