What is KUSA?

Kosovo United States Alumni is a nonprofit association, established in 2007 with the help of the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo and its founding board. KUSA is an association of more than 1500 members that had the opportunity to receive scholarships of U.S. Government-funded exchanges and training programs to study in United States of America. KUSA operates as a democracy that values its members who are making significant contributions by sharing skills and best practices acquired during their U.S. exchange experience with colleagues and communities across Kosovo.


Our mission is to foster change by organizing resources into projects to reach each goal through our members and their initiatives to contribute towards civil society involvement and development with regards to Kosovo’s reform efforts in economic, social and cultural spheres.

Who is a KUSA Member?

The organization’s membership is open to any person regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, religious belief, age, or physical capacity who had a J-1 Visa and participated in U.S. government-funded programs.

To qualify as a regular member, a person must:

  1. Receive a J-1 visa: The J-1 Visa provides countless opportunities for international candidates looking to travel and gain experience in the United States. The multifaceted programs enable foreign nationals to go to the U.S. to teach, study, conduct research, demonstrate special skills or receive on-the-job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years.
  2. Participate in the U.S. government-funded programs: The U.S. Department of State offers many programs for non-U.S. citizens wishing to go to the U.S. for cultural, educational, or professional exchange.
  3. Be a Kosovar citizen with a permanent residency.
Become a member

Now that you are back in Kosovo, after finishing one of the U.S State Department funded programs, you can become a member of KUSA and benefit from this association.

Also, if you are a KUSA member and do not receive emails, please update your information at Membership Form


KUSA Staff
Labinot Salihu
Executive Director
Rina Bulliqi
Education Program Manager
Fjolla Ajdaraga
Alumni Program Manager
Zana Begolli
Graphic Designer
Fisnik Ahmeti
Grants Coordinator
Flutra Sherifi
Admin/Finance Manager
KUSA Board
Erblin Hoxha

Exc. Director at the Debate Center

Bleta Zeqiri

Owner of Chocolate Corner and Belgian Chocolates, Teacher & Coordinator at Oxford Studio

Shkendije Himaj

Coordinator of General Functions at Central Bank of Republic of Kosovo

Nora Latifi Jashari

Executive Director at GAP Institute

Elvira Dushku

Secretary General of the Kosovo Basketball Federation.

Dejan Jankovic

Deputy General Director at Kosovo Police.

Fjollë Caka

Architect & Urban Planner

Arta Agani

Director of The National Gallery of Kosovo.

Mjellma Carabegu Vokshi

Assistant Professor in University of Prishtina, Department of Economics.

Rozafa Ukimeraj Çuni

Secretary General at Ministry of Local Government Administration

Sytrime Dervisholli

Head of Trade Department at Ministry of Trade and Industry Kosovo