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Study and Exchange Opportunities offered to Nicaraguan Youth by the United States Embassy in Nicaragua

The U.S. Department of State and World Learning are pleased to announce that the competition for the Global UGRAD Program for undergraduates for the 2019-2020 Program is open for applications.

Program Description

In 2019-2020, Global UGRAD will provide one-semester, non-degree scholarships to approximately 245 undergraduate students representing all world regions to study at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes pre-academic English language training (if needed), academic coursework, service learning opportunities, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichment activities.

The goal of the program is to provide a substantive exchange experience at a U.S. college or university for a diverse group of emerging undergraduate student leaders. Ideal candidates for this program must show leadership skills through a sustained high level of academic achievement, commitment to community and extracurricular university activities.

Program Design

Global UGRAD participants will be enrolled in undergraduate coursework at a U.S. college or university to allow ample opportunity for substantive interaction with U.S. faculty and student peers, and for exposure to U.S. academic and classroom culture. Global UGRAD participants will live on-campus with U.S. peers. The program will include a pre-departure orientation at Post, a virtual arrival orientation, and an in-person program symposium in Washington, D.C.

Important: All academic fields of study are eligible. Per J-1 visa regulations, interested applicants in majors such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacology or other clinical fields of study, please be aware that direct patient care, including animal care, is not permitted, and therefore academic coursework and/or program activities at participating U.S. institutions may be limited.

Campus Placement

Students cannot choose their host campus. World Learning will place students at the most appropriate host campus based on students’ academic interests. The Global UGRAD Program includes a diverse roster of host campuses throughout the United States, including colleges and universities in rural and urban areas, and Minority Serving Institutions.

Students may indicate a preference for a fall or spring semester placement, but final placement will be made by the implementing organization in conjunction with the office of Educational and Cultural Affairs, ECA.

Credit Transfers

The Global UGRAD Program is a non-degree program. The Global UGRAD Program does not assist with credit transfers between participants’ host and home institutions. Any credit transfers are the sole responsibility of the participants.

Course Availability

The Global UGRAD program cannot guarantee the availability of specific courses students may choose before traveling to the United States.

Community Service and Required Courses

Students will be required to participate in a minimum of 20 hours of community service activities during the program.  Students will also be required to enroll in at least two courses in their major and at least one course in a U.S. Studies field, such as U.S. history, literature, art, or government.

Code of Conduct and Terms and Conditions

Students must adhere to the host campus code of conduct as well as the terms and conditions of the Global UGRAD program.

Academic Performance

Participants must remain in good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Failure to meet these requirements may result in dismissal from the Global UGRAD program.

Financial Support

The Global UGRAD Program provides for students’ roundtrip airfare to the United States, travel allowance, university tuition, room and board, health insurance, required books, monthly stipend for incidental expenses, and student visa.

Orientations for finalists

  • Global UGRAD students will attend a pre-departure orientation in the Embassy to get details about their travel and program prior to departing for the United States.
  • World Learning will provide a pre-program online professional and academic skills training before traveling to the U.S.
  • World Learning’s staff will provide virtual arrival orientation in the United States.
  • Global UGRAD students will attend a re-entry leadership and career development workshop in Washington, D.C. prior to their trip back to Nicaragua.

Eligibility

Global UGRAD is open to all academic fields of study and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or disability.

This program is highly competitive and merit based. Finalists will be selected on the basis of demonstrated leadership trough academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.

NoteWe encourage all students, including those with disabilities, to apply to the Global UGRAD Program. All qualified applicants will be considered for the program.

The Global UGRAD Program is open to anyone who meets the criteria below:

  • A citizen of Nicaragua currently residing and studying in Nicaragua;
  • Between 18-24 years of age by December 31, 2018
  • Enrolled in a fulltime undergraduate degree program at an accredited public or private university
  • Must have completed at least first year of university studies.
  • Have at least one semester or equivalent term remaining to graduate by May 2020*
  • Not enrolled in final year of studies at the time of application
  • The Global UGRAD program cannot be the final academic term of a student’s undergraduate study
  • Should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.
  • A solid command of written and spoken English, strong enough to study in a U.S. university. A TOEFL equivalent of 500 or higher (61 TOEFL IBT).

    Note: 
    Pre-selected candidates will be invited to take a free TOEFL exam.
  • Has sustained high level of academic achievement (university cumulative percentage: 80%).
  • Priority given to economically disadvantaged students, or those who represent a minority or disadvantaged group.
  • Have had little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country.
  • Able to begin studies in the United States in January 2020.

*Thesis or professional practice/internship to be completed at the end of your studies are not considered classes.

How to Apply

Online application

Answer every question completely and carefully in every section of the online application.

  • Write your complete name as it appears on your ID (cedula) . (Family name refers to last names)
  • Cumulative GPA refers to your cumulative percentage (this is your promedio acumulado).
  • Respond to essay questions as instructed, adhering to indicated word limits. When uploading essays in MS Word or PDF, include your complete name, essay question and choice letter.

Tip For sections under the title “Program Applications, Forms and, Questionnaires” the “SAVE” button lets you save the progress of you work and continue at another time. Remember, you must click on the “SUBMIT” button until you have finished entering all the requested information in that particular section. Once you click on the “SUBMIT” button, you will not be allowed to make any changes to that particular section. You will notice that a check mark will appear.

If you have an issue with the UGRAD application website, please write an email to exchangeprograms@worldlearning.org and request assistance explaining the problem and attaching images to show the problem.

Documents to upload

  • Scanned Copy of your national identification (cedula).  This is mandatory, applications without cedula will not be considered.
  • Scanned copy of the passport data/photo page (only if you have one).
  • Scanned high school certificate (diploma de bachiller).
  • Scanned copies of academic transcripts for years of university studies with cumulative percentage.
  • Transcripts must be translated into English.  You could translate your transcripts.
    (U.S. host universities may require official translation, but is not necessary at this stage).
  • Scanned letter from your current university, or a copy of your pre-registration receipt, certifying that you are an active student and additional information about your field of study and current year, how long is your major in years.
  • Two scanned letters of recommendation written by at least one professor familiar with your work in your major field of study, OR from an employer, former exchange program coordinator or host family, coach, or any supervisor or authority familiar with your extracurricular activities. Recommendations should not be from family members or friends. The person writing your letter should indicate in what context he/she knows you, how he/she would describe your mentality and adaptability in difficult situations, and the qualities that would make you a successful exchange student including your interaction with others. Letter should be written in English, but if you get letters written in Spanish, you must include the Spanish translation.  Check the Letter of Recommendation Guidelines at the bottom of this website or within the UGRAD application system under Learning Content. Templates are available within the online system.

TipPlease use descriptive names for your PDF or MS Word files, so it will be easy for us to identify the owner and content of each archive when we download your information. Examples: EmilyJones_EssayChoiceA.pdf, EmilyJones_Transcript, EmilyJones_Transcript_translation.pdf, EmilyJones_ID.pdf, EmilyJones_passport.pdf, EmilyJones_letter1.pdf, EmilyJones_letter2.pdf, etc.

Program Requirements

  • Agree to the placement by the Department of State of the U.S. host university or college and be enrolled full time
  • Agree that the selected student cannot travel to the U.S. with an accompanying relative
  • Make a commitment to return to Nicaragua upon completion of the program in 2020 and not stay on for degree study in the U.S.

Restrictions

Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for the Global UGRAD Program:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
  • Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside Nicaragua;
  • Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); employees are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
  • Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children) of U.S. Department of State employees; family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
  • Current World Learning employees and their immediate family members.

Last day to submit applications: December 31, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time).

Incomplete applications or submitted late will not be considered. Make sure you request transcripts and letter of recommendations in advance to upload them to your application. (Check the Letter of Recommendation Guidelines in this website or within the UGRAD application system under Learning Content. This guide will help the person writing your letters to focus on things we want to know about you).

For more information on this program or specific questions, please contact:

Willy Castillo
CastilloWE@state.gov
Claro line (505) 2252-7100
Movistar Line (505)8768-7100
Fax (505) 2252-7266

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Open Applications for Study of the United States Institutes (Susi) for Student Leaders 2019
Topic: Women Leadership

This program will provide undergraduate Indigenous and Afro Latina Women student leaders between 18-25 years of age with a deeper understanding of the United States while enhancing their leadership skills. It will also provide an overview of the history and contributions of diverse women in U.S. public life with the goal of promoting effective democracies.

The program will be offered in Spanish to participants from Nicaragua, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, from July 6 – August 10, 2019. The program will be administered by the Institute of Training and Development (ITD) and hosted by the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Description

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are intensive, short-term academic programs designed to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders a deeper understanding of the United States while enhancing their leadership skills.  The five-week seminars are a combination of discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  Educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities in the local community will complement coursework and classroom activities. The Institutes include an academic residency of approximately four weeks and a one-week domestic study tour.  During the academic residency, participants will have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside the classroom.

The four-week academic residency will provide participants with an overview of the history and contributions of diverse women in U.S. public life with the goal of promoting effective democracies.  The Institute will focus on two major areas:

(1) Developing participants’ leadership skills in areas such as critical thinking, communication, decision-making, and political advocacy; and

(2) Examining these skills in light of the history and participation of diverse women in U.S. politics, economics, culture, and society.  The Institutes will explore historical progress toward women’s equality in the United States, current challenges confronting women in a variety of fields, and the present status of global women’s issues, especially those relating to indigenous and Afro-Latina women in the Western Hemisphere.  The academic residency will be followed by an educational tour to another area of the United States.

Throughout the Institute, participants will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field.  They will also be challenged to create follow up community projects in their countries of origin.

Additional Institutes on “Social Entrepreneurship” and “Public Policymaking” will take place concurrently at other locations.  All three programs will convene for two to four days in Washington, D.C., for the conclusion of the program.  In Washington, D.C., participants will have the opportunity to meet with peers participating in other Institutes from Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua.

Travel Dates

From July 6 until August 10, 2019 (5 weeks). The University of Arizona in Tucson will be the host institution.

J-1 Exchange Student Visas

The U.S. Embassy in Managua will process J-1 Exchange Student visas for finalists.

Program Funds

The Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the Department of State will cover all expenses through the Institute of Training and Development (ITD), including program administration, international travel, visas, and travel allowances within set limits; domestic travel costs and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence.

Housing and Meal Arrangements

Housing will be in shared university dorms on campus with common bathrooms.  Most meals will be provided at campus dining facilities, although some dormitories may have kitchens where participants can cook some of their own meals.  It is important that nominees be aware of these arrangements and comfortable with such accommodations.  Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.

Health Benefits

All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000 with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and $75 co-pay per emergency room visit for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered.  Information on the health benefit program may be found online at https://www.sevencorners.com/gov/usdos.

Program Requirements and Restrictions

Participants are expected to fully participate in the academic program.  They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings.  Candidates need to be aware that the Institute is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.

Under no circumstances are participants allowed to arrive in the U.S. prior to the start date of the Institute or remain in the U.S. after its end date.  Similarly, participants will not be permitted to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends while in the U.S.  If a relative or friend wishes to visit, the request will be addressed on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the ECA program officer and the host institution. Participants are required to return to their home countries immediately upon the conclusion of their Institute(s).

NOTE: Violations of program rules, host institution rules, or local, state or federal laws can be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.

English Language Ability

English language fluency is NOT a requirement for participation in this program. The Institute is a rigorous and demanding program, and participants will be expected to handle reading assignments in Spanish and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions.

Candidate Description and Qualifications

Participants are highly motivated students enrolled in their first, second or third (junior) year of undergraduate studies at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning who have a proven record of leadership in their academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.  Their fields of study are varied and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, or other professions.

We encourage participants from non-elite backgrounds, from both rural and urban areas, and with little or no prior experience in the United States or elsewhere outside their home country.  Candidates from indigenous groups, afro-latinas, people with disabilities, and ethnic minority communities are highly encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to these groups.

Participants should meet the following criteria:

  • Be female from indigenous groups or Afro-latinas;
  • Be a citizen and current resident of Nicaragua (U.S. citizens are not eligible to apply);
  • Be between 18 and 25 years of age by January 10, 2019;
  • Be interested in the topic of Women’s Leadership;
  • Have one or more semesters of classes remaining in order to graduate by July 2019
    (NOTE: Theses and internships do NOT count as classes);
  • Have demonstrated leadership qualities and potential in university, extracurricular, and community activities;
  • Have a proven, serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • Have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and recommendations;
  • Have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside their home countries;
  • Be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
  • Be prepared to participate fully in an intensive academic program, community service activities, and educational travel; and
  • Be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to adjust to cultural and social practices different from those of their home countries.

Documentation Needed with Application

  • Complete application in MS word, with data entered directly onto the form, or printed, scanned, and sent by email.
    MS Word (317kb) editable
    pdf (250kb)
  • Copy of cédula. This is mandatory, applications without cédula will not be considered.
  • Copies ONLY of university transcripts since your first year. Transcripts from your university’s website may be used.
  • Letter from university certifying your current enrollment as an active student, your major and year of study, or a copy of a document (“pre-matrícula”) that verifies your registration for the following term.
  • Two letters of recommendation; one from a professor or other university authority, the other from a person or organization who can vouch for your community service.
  • Copy ONLY of high school diploma (“diploma de bachiller”).
  • Other copies of awards, certificates of recognition, or diplomas that demonstrate the criteria specified above.

Deadline to submit application is 12:00 noon on January 10, 2019.

Options to send your applications

By Email: Application and attached documents can scanned and sent to the ManaguaIRC@state.gov via email with subject title “SUSI2019 Women Leadership + Complete Name”. Example: SUSI 2019 Women Leadership – Katherine Johnson.

Tip: When attaching your files, please name them appropriately. This will help us identify the owner and content of each file.

Note: All documents submitted via e-mail should be in Word or PDF (please do not send .zip or .rar files). If using PDF, please save them in the smallest size possible. Large files clutter the inbox and run the risk of arriving incomplete. You will receive a notification message within 72 hours after you send your application through e-mail. DO NOT send links to documents stored in Google Drive, ONE drive, Dropbox, etc.

By mailbox at the U.S. Embassy: You may come to the U.S. Embassy located at Km 5.5 Carretera Sur to drop off your application at the main gate located across Parque las Piedrecitas. Put your documents in an envelope bearing your complete name, the title “SUSI 2019 Women Leadership”, and “Attention: Cultural Section” on the outside.  All documents should be submitted on plain, letter-sized (8 ½ x 11 inch) paper. Do not enclosed original documents or official transcripts, only copies.

Only completed applications with all required documentation will be evaluated.

For more information on this program contact, please write to ManaguaIRC@state.gov.

Open Applications for Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders 2019
Topic: Social Entrepreneurship

This program will provide undergraduate university students 18-25 years of age with a deeper understanding of the United States while enhancing their leadership skills. The scholarship will also provide participants with an overview of how entrepreneurship can address social issues.

The program will be offered in Spanish to participants from Nicaragua, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama, and Venezuela, from July 6 until August 10, 2019. The program will be administered by the Institute of Training and Development (ITD) and hosted by Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Description

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are intensive, short-term academic programs designed to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders a deeper understanding of the United States while enhancing their leadership skills.  The five-week seminars are a combination of discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  Educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities in the local community will complement coursework and classroom activities. The Institutes include an academic residency of approximately four weeks and a one-week domestic study tour.  During the academic residency, participants will have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside the classroom.

The four-week academic residency will provide participants with an overview of how entrepreneurial skills can be applied to social issues.  The Institute will review the development, history, challenges, and successes of social enterprises and community leaders, both in the United States and globally.  The Institute will also provide participants the opportunity to meet with diverse community leaders and social entrepreneurs.  Other topics include organizational development and management, business ethics, negotiations, emerging markets and risk analysis, microfinance, corporate social responsibility, strategic planning and innovation, and entrepreneurship among women and minorities.  An educational tour to another region of the U.S. will complement the academic residency.  Throughout the Institute, participants will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field.  They will also be challenged to create follow up community projects for their own communities upon in their countries of origin.

Additional Institutes on Public Policymaking and Women’s Leadership will take place concurrently at other locations.  All three programs will convene for two to four days in Washington, D.C., for the conclusion of the program.  In Washington, D.C., participants will have the opportunity to meet with peers participating in other Institutes from Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua.

Travel Dates

July 6 to August 10, 2019 (5 weeks). Miami University of Ohio (Oxford) will be the host institution.

J-1 Exchange Student Visas

The U.S. Embassy in Managua will process J-1 Exchange Student visas for finalists.

Program Funds

The Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the Department of State will cover all expenses through the Institute of Training and Development (ITD), including program administration, international travel, visas, and travel allowances within set limits; domestic travel costs and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence.

Housing and Meal Arrangements

Housing will be in shared university dorms on campus with common bathrooms.  Most meals will be provided at campus dining facilities, although some dormitories may have kitchens where participants can cook some of their own meals.  It is important that nominees be aware of these arrangements and comfortable with such accommodations.  Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.

Health Benefits

All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000 with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and $75 co-pay per emergency room visit for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered.  Information on the health benefit program may be found online at https://www.sevencorners.com/gov/usdos.

Program Requirements and Restrictions

Participants are expected to fully participate in the academic program.  They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings.  Candidates need to be aware that the Institute is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.

Under no circumstances are participants allowed to arrive in the U.S. prior to the start date of the Institute or remain in the U.S. after its end date.  Similarly, participants will not be permitted to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends while in the U.S.  If a relative or friend wishes to visit, the request will be addressed on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the ECA program officer and the host institution. Participants are required to return to their home countries immediately upon the conclusion of their Institute(s).

NOTE: Violations of program rules, host institution rules, or local, state or federal laws can be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.

English Language Ability

English language fluency is NOT a requirement for participation in this program. The Institute is a rigorous and demanding program, and participants will be expected to handle reading assignments in Spanish and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions.

Candidate Description and Qualifications

Participants are highly motivated students enrolled in their first, second or third (junior) year of undergraduate studies at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning who have a proven record of leadership in their academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.  Their fields of study are varied and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, or other professions.

We encourage participants from non-elite backgrounds, from both rural and urban areas, and with little or no prior experience in the United States or travel outside their home countries.  Candidates from indigenous groups, Afro-latinos, people with disabilities, and ethnic minority communities are highly encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to candidates from these groups.

Participants should meet the following criteria:

  • Be a university student;
  • Be a citizen and current resident of Nicaragua (U.S. citizens are not eligible to apply);
  • Be between 18 and 25 years of age by January 10, 2019;
  • Be interested in the topic of Social Entrepreneurship;
  • Have one or more semesters of classes remaining in order to graduate by July 2019
    (NOTE: Theses and internships do NOT count as classes);
  • Have demonstrated leadership qualities and potential in university, extracurricular, and community activities;
  • Have a proven, serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • Have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and recommendations;
  • Have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside their home countries;
  • Be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
  • Be prepared to participate fully in an intensive academic program, community service activities, and educational travel; and,
  • Be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to adjust to cultural and social practices different from those of their home countries.

Documentation Needed with Application

  • Complete application in MS word, with data entered directly onto the form, or printed, scanned, and sent by email.
    MS Word (309kb) Editable
    pdf (244kb)
  • Copy of cédula. This is mandatory, applications without cédula will not be considered.
  • Copies ONLY of university transcripts since your first year. Transcripts from your university’s website may be used.
  • Letter from university certifying your current enrollment as an active student, your major and year of study, or a copy of a document (“pre-matrícula”) that verifies your registration for the following term.
  • Two letters of recommendation; one from a professor or other university authority, the other from a person or organization who can vouch for your community service.
  • Copy ONLY of high school diploma (“diploma de bachiller”).
  • Other copies of awards, certificates of recognition, or diplomas that demonstrate the criteria specified above.

Deadline to submit application is 12:00 noon on January 10, 2019.

Options to send your applications

By Email: Application and attached documents can scanned and sent to the ManaguaIRC@state.gov via email with subject title “SUSI2019 Social Entrepreneurship + Complete Name”. Example: SUSI 2019 Social Entrepreneurship – Katherine Johnson.

Tip: When attaching your files, please name them appropriately. This will help us identify the owner and content of each file.

Note: All documents submitted via e-mail should be in Word or PDF (please do not send .zip or .rar files). If using PDF, please save them in the smallest size possible. Large files clutter the inbox and run the risk of arriving incomplete. You will receive a notification message within 72 hours after you send your application through e-mail. DO NOT send links to documents stored in Google Drive, ONE drive, Dropbox, etc.

By mailbox at the U.S. Embassy: You may come to the U.S. Embassy located at Km 5.5 Carretera Sur to drop off your application at the main gate located across Parque las Piedrecitas. Put your documents in an envelope bearing your complete name, the title “SUSI 2019 Social Entrepreneurship”, and “Attention: Cultural Section” on the outside.  All documents should be submitted on plain, letter-sized (8 ½ x 11 inch) paper. Do not enclosed original documents or official transcripts, only copies.

Only completed applications with all required documentation will be evaluated.

For more information on this program contact, please write to ManaguaIRC@state.gov

This micro-scholarship covers the upfront costs to apply for admissions to juniors or sophomores in high school, or anyone seeking a graduate program in a college or university in the United States of America. It is not a scholarship to cover tuition or any other fees after the student has been admitted to an institution.

Students must be of limited economic resources, possess academic achievements, proficiency in the English language, committed to search, and find that Higher Education Institution that has the right fit. Must be Nicaraguan citzen only. More…

Georgetown University CIED (Center for Intercultural Education and Development) under the auspices of the Office of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the Department of State and U.S. Embassies in Central America, announce the new application season for the Central American Youth Ambassadors Program (CAYA) 2017.

The Youth Ambassadors Program offers  high school students and adult mentors from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and Dominican Republic the opportunity to apply for a three-week exchange program that will broaden their knowledge of U.S. culture, society and educational system. Through the exchange, participants will learn more about the U.S. by engaging in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, and home stays with American families. Upon their return home, the students apply what they have learned to implement projects that serve needs in their communities.

The experience not only enhances their skills and knowledge but also prepares them for a lifetime of leadership and community service.

Profile for youth candidates

  1. To be 15-18 years of age.
  2. To be a Nicaraguan citizen.
  3. To be in their 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of high school.
  4. To attend public school and participate in a community project.
  5. To lack economic resources.
  6. To reside in the RACS, RACN, Jinotega or Managua.
  7. To be the first member in the family to participate in the Youth Ambassadors Program.
  8. To have demonstrated leadership aptitude in the environment, community service, and social entrepreneurship.
  9. Qualities: maturity, integrity, good social skills, open-mindedness, and motivation.
  10. We encourage youth with disabilities and from minority ethnic groups to apply to the Youth Ambassadors Program.

Selected participants will be chosen through a coordinated selection process between the U.S. Embassy and Georgetown University CIED.

Contact Us

Carmen Cecilia de Narváez
Apt. Postal No. C 211
Oficina Postal “Centro Comercial Managua”
Managua, Nicaragua
Teléfonos: (505) 2276-1318 / (505) 8479-8632
Correo electrónico: becasemilla.ni@gmail.com

Documents

You must submit with the completed application form, the following documents*:

  1. Copy of birth certificate.
  2. Two photos (Nicaraguan passport size).
  3. Copy of a valid passport (if you do not have one, it is fine. It is not a requirement to have a passport).
  4. Copy of each of the parents’ citizen ID (cedula).
  5. Copy of parents’ proof of income.
  6. Application form completed.
  7. Annexes
  • Annex #1: Recommendation form #1.
  • Annex #2: Recommendation form # 2.
  • Annex #3: Parents’ consent.
  • Annex #4: Exemption of responsibilities and authorization for medical treatment.
  • Annex #5: Medical addendum.
  • Annex #6: Code of Conduct.
  • Annex #7: Questionnaire on home stay with American families.

*Note: Do not send original personal documents, send copies instead. All documents submitted will be property of the Youth Ambassador Program administered by Georgetown University CIED.

Important dates

(Inquiries on specific dates could be answered by National Program Coordinator)

  • September 21 – October 21, 2016: Period for submissions.
  • October 25 – 28, 2016: Interviews and selection process.
  • November 2016: Pre-departure orientation.
  • January 18 – February 8, 2017: First 3-week program in the U.S.
  • May 10-31, 2017: Second-3 week program in the U.S.