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Exchange Programs
 

The U.S. Mission in Saudi Arabia offers a number of exchange programs designed to give Saudi citizens enriching academic, professional, and personal experiences in the U.S.  

Programs for Students

  • Youth Exchange and Study (YES): The YES program provides scholarships for high school students (ages 15-17 years) to spend up to one academic year in the United States. Students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and educate Americans about their countries and cultures.
  • The Near East and South Asia (NESA) Undergraduate Exchange Program: NESA provides a substantive exchange experience at a U.S. college or university for students from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Participants engage in one year of undergraduate, non-degree studies at a diverse network of accredited two- and four-year institutions. Participants engage in local community service projects and take part in cultural enrichment activities. Host institutions provide participants with academic skill development classes.
  • Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Students: Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders is a five-to-six-week academic program for foreign undergraduate leaders. Hosted by U.S. academic institutions throughout the United States, the Student Leader Institutes include an intensive academic component, an educational tour of other regions of the country, local community service activities and a unique opportunity for participants to get to know their American peers. 
  • MEPI Student Leaders Program: The Student Leaders program is an intensive 6-week exchange program to the United States for approximately 100 undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa. Students 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.

Programs for Teachers and Scholars

  • Youth Exchange and Study (YES): The YES program provides scholarships for high school students (ages 15-17 years) to spend up to one academic year in the United States. Students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and educate Americans about their countries and cultures.
  • The Near East and South Asia (NESA) Undergraduate Exchange Program: NESA provides a substantive exchange experience at a U.S. college or university for students from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Participants engage in one year of undergraduate, non-degree studies at a diverse network of accredited two- and four-year institutions. Participants engage in local community service projects and take part in cultural enrichment activities. Host institutions provide participants with academic skill development classes.
  • Fulbright Foreign Language Teacher Assistant (FLTA) Program: The Fulbright FLTA program is a nine-month, non-degree program that provides young teachers of English from Saudi Arabia and other countries an opportunity to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the society and culture of the United States, while being teaching assistants for their native language to U.S. students and strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities.
  • Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Students: Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders is a five-to-six-week academic program for foreign undergraduate leaders. Hosted by U.S. academic institutions throughout the United States, the Student Leader Institutes include an intensive academic component, an educational tour of other regions of the country, local community service activities and a unique opportunity for participants to get to know their American peers. 
  • MEPI Student Leaders Program: The Student Leaders program is an intensive 6-week exchange program to the United States for approximately 100 undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa. Students 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.

Programs for Professionals

  • International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)Current and emerging leaders from across the world come to the United States on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) to meet with professional counterparts and visit U.S. public and private sector organizations related to their field of interest. International Visitors typically travel to four U.S. communities over three weeks, although projects vary based on themes, Embassy requests, and other factors.
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship ProgramThe Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished professionals from Saudi Arabia and the world to the United States at a midpoint in their careers for a year of study and professional experience. The program provides a basis for establishing long-lasting, productive partnerships and relationships between citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in Saudi Arabia and the world, fostering an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding.
  • MEPI Leaders for Democracy Fellowship Program (LDF): The LDF Program is a 3-month program in the United States for 20-25 young civic leaders from the Middle East and North Africa. Fellows will complete coursework focused on the concepts of leadership, democracy, communication, and conflict resolution among others. In addition, participants engage in a professional assignment with a political, non-governmental, or public policy organization of professional interest in Washington, DC.   
  • MEPI Civic Education and Leadership Fellowship (CELF): The Civic Education and Leadership Fellowship (CELF) program provides an opportunity for academics in the social sciences from the Middle East and North Africa to engage in 4-month residencies at the Maxwell School for Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.         
  • Women to Women (W2W): Empower Peace’s Women2Women International Leadership Program (W2W) builds a network of promising young women (ages 15-19) from around the globe, engages them in the issues that define their lives, and provides them with the tools, relationships and opportunities required to lead.
  • Women in Science Hall of Fame: The Women in Science Hall of Fame honors outstanding female scientists throughout the Middle East and North Africa.  New hall of fame members are selected annually for their accomplishments, and we hope to develop a strong network of professional women scientists across the region.  These role models also inspire girls to study science and pursue scientific careers.

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