Exchange Opportunities for Malaysians!

Applications are now being accepted for the following programs, funded by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State:

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange Study (YES) Program

Come participate in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program! Experience 6-months of U.S. high school and living with American host family, on this life-changing exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Application deadline: April 30, 2020


Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators is an intensive post-graduate level academic program with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary school educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad. The theme for 2020 Institutes is “Liberty, Equality, and the American Dream.”

It will take place over the course of five weeks beginning in late May/early June 2020 which includes a four-week academic residency and a one-week study tour. Three Institutes for Secondary Educators will be offered, two with a focus on classroom teachers and the third with a focus on administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and Ministry of Education officials, among others.

The University of Montana (UM) in Missoula will host one Institute for Teachers from approximately May 31 to July 5, 2020 during which they will explore American studies through the lens of democracy and citizenship.  The Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst, Massachusetts will host the second Institute for Teachers from June 6 to July 11, 2020, exploring the ways in which individual rights and social obligations have evolved through American history.  California State University at Chico will host the Institute for Administrators from June 3 to July 9, 2020. All three Institutes will conclude with one-week study tours that end in Washington, D.C.

QUALIFICATION:

  • Candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component, who have no or limited prior experience in the United States, and who have a special interest and experience in the field of secondary education as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.
  • Mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated and experienced secondary school teachers and administrators. Ideal candidates are individuals who are seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields.
  • Demonstrate English language fluency.

Application must be emailed to KLPAExchanges@state.gov by December 21, 2019


Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) is an intensive post-graduate level academic program with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.

It will take place at various colleges, universities, and academic institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks beginning in or after June 2020.  Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour to another region of the United States.

INSTITUTE THEMES:

  • The Institute on American Culture and Values will promote American culture, leadership, and values by providing a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly motivated foreign university faculty and other specialists with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, civil society institutions, democratic principles, human rights, and the rule of law.  The Institute will examine the concepts of American exceptionalism and American resilience through social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which, historically, various cultures have manifested and shaped contemporary U.S. culture, values, and society.  New York University in New York will host the Institute from June 6 until July 18, 2020 – subject to final approval.
  • The Institute on Journalism and Media will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly motivated foreign journalism instructors and other related specialists with a deeper understanding of the roles that journalism and the media play in U.S. society.  The Institute will examine the role of journalists in recognizing and preventing disinformation and will explore strategies for media and information literacy to counter disinformation.  Additionally, the Institute will examine best practices in journalism by discussing the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, and international journalism.Arizona State University in Tempe will host the Institute from June 7 until July 19, 2020 – subject to final approval.
  • The Institute on Religious Freedom and Pluralism will provide a multinational group of up to 18 experienced foreign university faculty, scholars, researchers and religious leaders with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious freedom as a foundational American value.  The program will include a survey of the religious landscape of the United States, including major and minor religious groups; historic religious traditions and contemporary American religious groups will also be included.  The Institute will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States; examine interfaith understanding and dialogue, religious pluralism, freedom of religion as a fundamental unalienable human right and source of stability; and discuss ways in which religious freedom is protected.The program will take place during the June to August timeframe in 2020. The implementing host institutions be known in April 2020.
  • The Institute on U.S. Economics and Business will provide a multinational group of experienced 18 foreign university faculty, researchers, experts and policymakers with a deeper understanding of key components and structures of the U.S. economy as the world’s largest economy.  Using a multidisciplinary approach, the program will explore 1) how financial institutions, investors, and businesses interact to support growth and employment and 2) the institutional backdrop that is required to sustain a competitive and strong private sector, including but not limited to corporate governance structures, monetary policy, and the legal and regulatory framework of the business sector.The program will take place during the June to August timeframe in 2020.  The implementing host institutions be known in April 2020.
  • The Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of new approaches to U.S. foreign policy and how U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented.  The Institute will include a historical review of significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have shaped U.S. foreign policy.  The Institute will explain the role of key players in U.S. foreign policy including the executive and legislative branches of government, the media, the U.S. public, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions.  The program will also examine the current U.S. foreign policymaking and the new trends that are shaping policy.University of Delaware in Newark  will host the Institute from June 11 until July 24, 2020 – subject to final approval.
  • The Institute on Youth, Workforce Development, and Closing the Skills Gap will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of how new socioeconomic trends have changed the concept of work, workforce development, and career paths in the United States.  The academic program will include a thorough discussion of the role of U.S. educational institutions, particularly community colleges, in preparing Americans with the skills needed to succeed in multiple industries including business, technology, science, the creative arts, and other emerging fields. University of Montana in Missoula will host this Institute from July 6 until August 17, 2020 – subject to final approval.

QUALIFICATION:

  • Candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component; who have no prior or limited experience in the United States; and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.
  • Mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated, experienced scholars and professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research focused organizations (not-for-profits, think tanks, etc.).
  • Candidates are individuals whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the Institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme.
  • Demonstrate English language fluency.

Application must be emailed to KLPAExchanges@state.gov by December 21, 2019


Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP)

The U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur is pleased to announce the 2020 Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) is now accepting applications from students and adult mentors from Semporna and Tawau ONLY!

SEAYLP is a three-week U.S.-based exchange program, focused on leadership and youth development to explore shared challenges faced by the United States and ASEAN member countries for secondary students ages 15-17 years. This program will take place in April 2020 and will include workshops, interactive sessions, simulations, leadership training, and team-building exercises.  Extracurricular activities will round out the program with volunteer service opportunities as well as interactive site visits with relevant organizations in the host communities. The adult participant will have special sessions with their peers designed to help them foster leadership and civic education programs at home. Participants will have homestays with American families and a study tour to another region of the country away from the exchange’s primary location. After returning home, participants are required to implement follow-on projects in their home communities. Eligible candidates must have strong English skills, commit to the follow-on project upon return, and obtain permission from parents/legal guardians of the student applicants.

Application deadline: December 4, 2019


Global UGRAD

Come experience the U.S. via the Global UGRAD program! The U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur is pleased to invite emerging young leaders, who are current full-time undergraduate students, to participate in the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) 2020-2021. In this program, participants spend one semester of non-degree academic study at an assigned U.S. college or university, exploring U.S. society, culture, and academic learning. For inquiries, email kalis@macee.org.my

Application deadline: December 31, 2019


FY 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program

The Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program provides opportunities for university faculty, foreign ministry or other government officials, and professionals in private sector think tanks and other NGOs in ASEAN countries, to research issues of priority to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship. Selected visiting scholars will travel to the United States during the spring semester of 2021, (January to May).

Application deadline: December 13, 2019