The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem Announces The 2013 Near East and South Asia (NESA) Undergraduate Exchange Program

The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem Announces The 2013 Near East and South Asia (NESA) Undergraduate Exchange Program

The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem
is pleased to announce the annual competition for the 2013 NESA Undergraduate
Exchange Program. This program will provide fully sponsored scholarships for
one full academic year (approximately 10 months) of non-degree undergraduate
study at accredited two and four-year institutions. The goal of the program is
to provide a substantive exchange experience at a U.S. college or university to
a diverse group of emerging student leaders from the Middle East, North Africa,
Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. All academic fields of study are eligible.

Eligibility: Applicants
should be highly motivated undergraduate students from colleges, universities
and other institutions of higher education who demonstrate leadership through
academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities, with
little or no prior experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of
their home country.  Their major fields
of study will be varied, and will include the sciences, social sciences,
humanities, education, and business. 
Other application requirements:

  1. Individuals holding permanent residence status in
    the United States (including U.S. citizens and green card holders) are NOT
    eligible.
  2. Fluent in English to enable active participation
    in the academic program.
  3. Students must be 18 – 25 years old upon arrival
    in the U.S.
  4. Is completing his/her final year of secondary
    school or enrolled in first-, second-, third-, fourth-year full-time
    undergraduate study at the time of application at a registered academic
    institution in his/her country, and is in good academic standing.
  5. Fourth-year students must have an additional term
    of study to complete at their home institution upon completion of the NESA
    UGRAD program.
  6. Personal statement in English, 350-500 words,
    typed.
  7. Copy of the data/photo pages of applicant’s
    passport.
  8. Two passport-size photos.
  9. Official translated academic transcripts for
    years of university study (English).
  10. Official results of the national general
    secondary school leaving exam.
  11. Three letters of recommendation from
    teachers/professors, including one from the candidate’s secondary level
    institution (English).
  12. TOEFLâ or ITPâ score report of a minimum of
    500 (paper based) at time of nomination.
  13. Active in their communities with experience in
    service learning and leadership activities.
  14. In good academic standing at the current
    institution of study.
     

A complete
application will include the following materials:

Application Form; Personal Statement; Translated Academic Transcripts; Letters of Reference; TOEFL or IELTS score report (at time of nomination).

 

 

Application Deadline and inquiries:
Please
submit your application no later than March 1st, 2013

The applications are found at: http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov/undergraduate_study.html

(US Consulate website: http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov/)

Please submit a completed and signed
application electronically to
exchanges@state.gov
(West
Bank and Jerusalem) or GazaExchanges@gmail.com
(Gaza).

 

Inquiries:

Jerusalem and
West Bank Applicants:
Email marroummv@state.gov;
call 02-622-7172, or
(0545)
420 953 for
more information.

Gaza
Applicants:
Email GazaExchanges@gmail.com;
call 08-286-4623, or 059-967-7317 for more information.