The U.S. Embassy sponsors a variety of international exchange programs each year, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). These exchanges are designed to enhance mutual understanding between the U.S. and Israel. These programs and scholarships cover a wide range of interests including communications and journalism, law, human rights, economic development, science and technology, teaching English, and other disciplines. Participation in an exchange program is not a one-time event, but rather the beginning of an exchange of ideas that continues throughout a participant’s life. You can learn about several such programs by clicking on the various links that follow as well as those given at the bottom of this page.
The Fulbright Program is administered in Israel by the United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), which was established in 1956 by the Governments of the United States and Israel. The Foundation is funded by the United States and Israeli Governments and is governed by a binational Board of Directors. The Foundation aims to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Israel by means of student and faculty exchanges at the highest possible level of academic excellence. Fulbright offers a variety of exchange opportunities for students, scholars and assorted professionals. More information is available at the USIEF website (click here). You can find specific information about programs that send Israeli citizens to the United States here, and about programs that send U.S. citizens to Israel here.
In addition to the Fulbright programs managed by the USIEF, the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) also offers two exchange programs. The MEPI Student Leaders program sends college students from the Middle East and North Africa, who are aged 20-24 years old, to 6-week summer leadership programs at universities across the United States. You can learn more about the Student Leaders program. The MEPI Leaders for Democracy Program is a 3-month fellowship program for early and mid-career community and civic leaders (aged 25-35 years old), who receive intensive training in subjects like civic engagement, participatory governance, and conflict transformation. You can learn more about the Leaders for Democracy Program here.
Aside from Fulbright and MEPI scholarship and exchange opportunities, the U.S. Embassy in Israel manages several other scholarship-based exchange programs:
- Learn about a variety of intensive five- to seven-week post-graduate level academic programs by clicking on this link for the Study of the United States Institutes for Scholars.
- Learn about two-week residency workshops for young writers, aged 15-18 years old, at the University of Iowa’s Between the Lines Program.
- Learn about scholarships for one semester of undergraduate university study (non-degree program) in the United States by clicking on this link for the Global UGRAD Program.
The U.S. Embassy also facilitates participation by Israelis in several other cultural, academic and professional exchange programs managed by the Department of State and agencies in the United States. More information about these opportunities is available from the Office of Exchange Programs in the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: https://exchanges.state.gov/