Exchange Programs

The U.S. Government sponsors various educational, academic and professionals exchange programs. These programs seek to promote the free exchange of information and ideas, thus increasing mutual understanding between the citizens of the United States and Kyrgyzstan.

  • Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program  – the Program is open to Kyrgyz scholars who have established themselves in their fields and wish to take advantage of the opportunity to further their professional development through research or lecturing activity in the United States. The candidate must have a “kandidatskaya” or “doctor nauk” degree (as a minimum requirement), a proven record of research activities and publications, and well-developed English skills.
  • Fulbright Foreign Student Program – the Program is open to Kyrgyz university graduates  in the arts, engineering, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. This program supports study for a master’s degree program at a U.S. university for up to two academic years.
  • Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA) – the FLTA program is open to current English teachers or students in their final year in an institution of higher education studying to be an English teacher. This program allows Kyrgyz teachers of English (or students studying to be teachers) to gain teaching experience by teaching Kyrgyz language on U.S. university campuses up to 20 hours per week while taking two courses per semester.
  • Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. Humphrey fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector.
  • The Future Leaders Secondary School Exchange program (FLEX) is a US government-sponsored program for secondary school students from the 11 republics of the former Soviet Union (Eurasia). The program provides scholarship funding for students to travel to the United States, attend a US high school for a full academic year, and live with a US host family.
  • The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD), a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, provides opportunities for undergraduate students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan for one semester of full-time, non-degree study in the United States.
  • OneBeat℠ Music Exchange Program – the centerpiece of OneBeat will be month-long programs consisting of a U.S.-based residency and tour. During the residencies, participants will form small collaborative ensembles that improvise across genres, reinvent traditional tunes, compose original work, record in the state-of-the-art OneBeat mobile studio, and prepare for performances and educational workshops. The groups will then tour to cities within the U.S. to perform the music they have developed during the residency, perform with local musicians, and partner with community-based organizations to conduct creative workshops with local youth. The program will culminate in a high-profile final concert, and a professionally-produced album featuring tracks recorded in the OneBeat mobile studio.