Exchange Programs

The United States sponsors a variety of exchange programs every year that link Americans and Emiratis. Educational and cultural exchanges create human bonds and enduring relationships that build bridges of cooperation and understanding between peoples.

  • The Fulbright Program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research. Since the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas introduced the legislation that now bears his name, the program has given more than 300,000 participants cross-cultural academic opportunities in more than 155 countries. In the UAE, the embassy partners with AMIDEAST to nominate excellent Emirati students to the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. Emirati students interested in the opportunity should contact the local AMIDEAST office for more information. The application deadline is generally in May of the year before you plan to study in the United States. The embassy also coordinates with local educational institutions to host American students, scholars and specialists in the UAE. American candidates can find more information about the application process at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website.
  • The International Visitor Leadership Program is a professional exchange program that brings current and emerging foreign professionals to experience the United States firsthand and cultivate lasting ties with American counterparts in their field.
  • The Near East and South Asia Undergraduate Exchange Program provides full scholarships for outstanding students from underrepresented sectors of the Near East and South Asia for one academic year of non-degree, undergraduate study in the United States.
  • The NeXXt Scholars Program offers female students from countries with Muslim-majority populations and college-selected American young women interested in studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines the opportunity to receive professional development and career advancing support while pursuing undergraduate degree programs at U.S. women’s colleges.
  • The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides 10 months of professional enrichment and non-degree graduate-level study in the United States for accomplished mid-level professionals from designated countries, including the UAE.
  • Voluntary Visitor Program (VolVis) creates an on-demand IVLP-like agenda for mission contacts who already have travel planned to the United States. Voluntary Visitor Programs are designed around the individual or group’s particular interests and with their active involvement. Arranged programs can be between 2-10 calendar days. The cost of international airfare must be paid by the participants, but costs within the United States can be cost-shared with the U.S. Department of State. Proposals must be sent at least two months before the start date of the program.
  • The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs partners with the University of Iowa to bring established and emerging foreign writers to the United States to participate in the International Writing Program. The ten-week residency is specifically designed to host established and emerging creative writers who have published at least one book, or whose work has appeared in significant publications over the past two years.
  • The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
  • Boren Fellowships provide grants to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.