Opportunities to study in U.S.

The U.S State Department offers a wide range of exchange and study programs in the United States, take a chance to find out which programs suit your profile and professional aims.

Active Programs

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and is sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

Fulbright Faculty Development Program (FFDP)

The Faculty Development Program model is designed for junior faculty, currently teaching in Kosovo. Applicants should intend to return to their position at their home institution upon completion of the program, continue their teaching responsibilities, and apply newly gained knowledge and experience. The goal of the program model is to introduce participants to best practices and theoretical approaches to curriculum development in the U.S. and provide them with concrete strategies on how to develop curriculum for a course, including an overview of academic and research resources. During the program, fellows will be expected to research and develop a course description, syllabus and outline specific teaching strategies for their proposed course.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program (FVSP)

This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Kosovo.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its inception, more than 370,000 participants, chosen for their leadership potential, have participated in the Fulbright Program to exchange ideas, observe each other’s political, economic and cultural institutions, and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants.  

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program is administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

The Program awards approximately 800+ new grants annually and operates in over 160 + countries worldwide.

Youth Exchange and Study Program

This program provides full scholarships for Kosovo secondary school students to spend one academic year in the United States. Students live with U.S. host families and attend American high schools. The YES program is administered in partnership with the U.S. Department of State by a consortium of non-profit organizations led by American Councils for International Education. In Kosovo, American Councils manages the YES program in partnership with the U.S. Embassy Pristina.

The Kosovo American Education Fund (KAEF) is a fellowship program for Kosovars that was established in 2004 from proceeds generated from the sale of the American Bank of Kosovo. The goal of the KAEF is to provide Kosovars with the education they need to lead Kosovo’s economic development. Since its establishment, 51 Fellows have received KAEF support to attend master’s programs in the U.S. The expectation was that income generated by the endowment would support at least ten Fellows annually. Because the ultimate objective of the effort was Kosovo’s economic development, scholarships were limited to fields of study such as business, public administration, economics, international affairs, policy, and urban planning.

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.

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship

This program brings accomplished mid-level professionals from Kosovo to the United States for up to one year of combined academic (NON-DEGREE) and professional work. Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and commitment to public service. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U. S. academic and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas.


The Kosovo Undergraduate Exchange Program provides promising undergraduate students from Kosovo opportunities for one academic year of non-degree study in a U.S. university or community college. By spending one academic year at an American university or community college, Kosovo UGRAD students develop a nuanced understanding of the United States and share their country and culture with America. Following the program, Kosovo UGRAD students return home to finish their university studies, share what they have learned with others, and contribute to the development of their home communities.

Open World Leadership Program is a U.S. exchange programs for countries of the post-Soviet era. The program has enabled more than 27,000 current and future leaders to meaningfully engage and interact with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and thousands of other Americans, many of whom are the delegates’ direct professional counterparts. Aimed at establishing mutually beneficial relationships between future leaders of other nations, Open World is a value-added program that permits practical and depoliticized options for engagement. Open World is extremely cost-effective and unencumbered by bureaucracy, and serves the Legislative Branch as a program that offers Members of Congress the opportunity to meet with their colleagues from Eurasia.

George C. Marshall

Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, and named in honour of US Secretary of State George C Marshall, the Scholarships commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan and they express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts. Marshall Scholarships are mainly funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and are overseen by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission. The Secretariat is provided by the Association of Commonwealth Universities.


The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions.  Access gives participants English skills that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects. Participants also gain the ability to compete for and participate in future exchanges and study in the United States.

BridgeUSA Program

The new BridgeUSA branding is the culmination of a multi-year endeavor to re-imagine the private sector component of the EVP. The goal of the rebrand is to create a professional brand for the private sector component of the EVP to more effectively communicate its mission, program values, and global impact to stakeholders and audiences.

Its mission – to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries – remains vital to U.S. national security and building people-to-people connections around the world.

Closed Programs

The Kosovo Youth Exchange Program (KYEP) is a collaborative effort funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA). The program brings accomplished students from Kosovo who are highly proficient in English to study in American high schools for one year. KYEP focuses on cross-cultural exchange and the development of leadership skills. Students are placed with host families and attend local schools for one academic year.

Benjamin Franklin

The Benjamin Franklin Summer Institutes are intensive academic institutes hosted by a U.S. college or university. These programs are academic in nature, and focus on global issues, in addition to leadership and community service. During the exchanges, students and educators participate in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, leadership development, and focus on a specific theme, such as conflict resolution, social entrepreneurship, or environmental stewardship.


Ron Brown

The Ron Brown Scholar Fund is a public charity, managed by an independent Board of Trustees.  The Program  which was named for the late Secretary of Commerce and inspired by his dedication to public service, focuses on encouraging civic engagement among Scholars while promoting academic excellence, community and lifelong interactions. The Ron Brown Scholar Program has a proven track record of academic success with a 99 percent graduation rate. Graduating Scholars go on to outstanding careers in technology, arts, sciences and public service, and many more pursue professional degrees in law, medicine and business.

The Junior Faculty Development Program provides overseas university instructors with a semester-long opportunity to expand their knowledge and expertise in their academic field by attending classes and working with faculty members at universities in the United States. Individuals may apply for fields in the humanities and social sciences. The primary and distinct goal of the JFDP is to provide university instructors with opportunities to engage in curriculum development and explore alternative teaching methodologies, expand their knowledge in their fields of study and gather new teaching materials and resources.

Hope Fellows Program

HOPE Fellows are graduate students or upper-level undergraduate students with an interest in aiding a HOPE manager in a specialized project over the course of the year. HOPE Fellows will have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be enrolled in a course of study that aligns with the work of the department with which they work. The HOPE Fellows Program recruits and prepares high-quality, dedicated individuals to become advocates of financial dignity and empowerment. HOPE is committed to providing fellows with a unique experience through exciting leadership development programs and meaningful mentoring from our dynamic executives.

The European Youth Parliament (EYP) is a unique educational programme which brings together young people from all over Europe to discuss current topics in a parliamentary setting.  As a network of independent associations, EYP is present in 40 European countries and organises almost 600 events every year. The EYP network organises almost 1.500 days of EYP activity every year, involving close to 35.000 participants. Thousands of young people are active as volunteers all over Europe, making EYP a programme truly for young people, by young people.


Launched in 2016, the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) of the U.S. Department of State and is supported in its implementation by The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). YTILI empowers young European entrepreneurs and innovators with the tools, networks, and resources they need to turn ideas into action and grow successful enterprises. Recognizing that European entrepreneurs face unique challenges to starting a business, the YTILI program is also a vehicle for building a transatlantic network of leaders that can more fully contribute to an ongoing policy dialogue to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems and opportunities for innovation.


The University of Pennsylvania partners with institutions around the globe and collaborates with Penn’s four undergraduate schools to offer incoming exchange student opportunities across academic disciplines and programs. This is the opportunity for you to embrace and adapt to new challenges, collaborate with people from different backgrounds and gain experience that you will carry with you in your career and throughout your life. Penn Abroad’s Exchange Student program allows you to spend a semester or year in one of Penn’s four undergraduate schools.

The United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators. In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM.


The purpose of the Women2Women (W2W) International Leadership Program is to identify and engage promising young women leaders (ages 15-19 years) and train them in the areas of leadership development, cultural awareness, conflict resolution and civic engagement. The goal of W2W is to further empower young women with the tools, relationships and opportunities required to lead in today’s world.

The Transformational Leadership Program – Scholarships and Partnerships (abbreviated to TLP-SP) is a Cooperative Agreement between USAID and World Learning that commenced on February 26, 2014. The overarching program goal is to develop a cadre of leaders to drive significant change in Kosovo’s priority economic, political, and social areas. In addition, the program aims to develop the capacity of Kosovars to bring about transformational change through opportunities for advanced education, leadership development, and technical assistance.