Exchange Opportunities

The Cultural Affairs Section of the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy works closely with the other elements of the U.S. Mission, as well as with a wide range of Malaysian public and private organizations to encourage broader understanding of the United States and its relationship with Malaysia through educational exchange.

The following are exchange opportunities facilitated or administered by the U.S Embassy in Kuala Lumpur designed to promote a deeper understanding of the United States.

For more information on any particular program, please contact us at

The IVLP Program is the U.S. Government’s premier professional exchange program that provides firsthand knowledge about U.S. society, culture, and politics, while cultivating lasting relationships. By connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts, IVLP fosters lasting relationships and helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world. The program duration is usually three weeks and involves travel to Washington, DC and several cities. There is no application for the IVLP. Participants are nominated by the staff at U.S. Embassies around the world and project topics are tied to key U.S. foreign policy priorities.

The Fulbright Program was established in the United States in 1946 and aims to strengthen understanding and communication between the United States and other nations by funding a variety of educational exchanges. The following are exchange opportunities administered by the Fulbright Commission in Malaysia, the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange, MACEE:

Fulbright exchange programs include:

For more program information and application, visit:


To nurture a regional network and strengthen leadership skills among ASEAN youth, the United States Government is pleased to invite Malaysian youth who are between the ages of 18-35 to register as members and be part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). To register and see more details about submission, please visit the YSEALI website at


The YES Program was established in October 2002, and provides scholarships for high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to study for one academic year in the U.S. YES students serve as “youth ambassadors” of their home country, promoting mutual understanding by forming lasting relationships with their host families and communities.  Participants live with a host family, attend an American high school, acquire leadership skills, and engage in activities to learn about U.S. society and values; they also help educate Americans about their home country and culture. In Malaysia, YES Program is managed by AFS Antarabudaya Malaysia in partnership with the Public Affairs Office of United States Embassy.


Youth Leadership Programs are designed to advance mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries as well as to promote high-quality leadership, civic responsibility, and community engagement among our countries’ future leaders.

The Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) is a three-week U.S.-based exchange program for upper secondary school students (ages 15-17) and adult mentors from ASEAN member countries. The exchange activities will focus on civic education, leadership, diversity, and volunteerism, which will prepare participants to conduct projects at home that serve a community need. Program activities will be replicable and interactive so the participants learn concrete skills they can use once they return home. Participants will live with American families for most of the exchange period and will have multiple opportunities to interact with American youth and educators.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes promotes a better understanding of the people, institutions, and culture of the United States among foreign students, teachers, and scholars. Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) brings groups of undergraduate leaders, educators, and scholars from around the world to U.S. Academic Institutions for 5- to 6-week intensive academic residency with integrated educational study tour. Extracurricular cultural and community activities help to broaden the participants’ understanding of U.S. society.

SUSI Secondary Educator
The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators is an intensive post-graduate level academic program with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.

SUSI Scholar Program 
The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars program is an intensive, post-graduate level academic program with integrated study tours. The ultimate goal of these Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.


Community Solutions Program
The Community Solutions Program is a four-month professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in Environmental Issues, Tolerance and Conflict Resolution, Transparency and Accountability, and Women and Gender Issues.  The program includes a follow-on project and a small outbound component that will allow up to ten U.S. host representatives to travel overseas for approximately two weeks on projects related to the program themes. For more program information and application visit:

OneBeat Program
OneBeat is a musical exchange initiative by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Now in its sixth year, the program provides innovative ways for musicians to engage, collaborate and dialogue with each other and their American peers.  

OneBeat brings 25 musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to the U.S. for one month each Fall to write, produce, and perform original music.

The program was created from the notion that musical collaboration is a powerful way to connect people across political and cultural barriers. During the program, participants get the opportunity to work with fellows from around the world to create original material, record new musical ideas and incubate projects that illustrates democratic values inherent to improvisational and collaborative music making. OneBeat employs collaborative original music as a new form of cultural diplomacy.

Here’s a great introduction video on the program or please visit for more information.

Previous OneBeat fellows from Malaysia:

OneBeat 2015 Fellow | Ng Chor Guan, Composer and Theremin Player

OneBeat 2014 Fellow | Neil Chua, Ruan Player