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

Given the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, program are subject to change. Open application programs remain open as advertised below.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) 2022-2023

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 2022-2023 Program is now open. Applications will close on January 6, 2022 at 12 midnight Eastern Time.

Program Description

In 2022-2023, Global UGRAD will provide one-semester, non-degree scholarships to approximately 315 undergraduate students representing all world regions to study at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes virtual 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 with representatives from the U.S. Embassy, a virtual arrival orientation from World Learning, and a program symposium, either in-person in Washington, DC or virtual.

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 World Learning in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau 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

Please note that 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 and Culture, 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 with U.S. Embassy representatives to learn details about their travel and program prior to departing for the United States.
  • World Learning will provide a pre-program online training on professional and academic skills 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 either in-person in Washington, DC or virtual 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 based on demonstrated leadership trough academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.

Note: We 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 August 1, 2022.
  • Enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree program at an accredited public or private university.
  • Must have completed at least the first semester of university studies.
  • Have at least one semester or equivalent term remaining to graduate after May 2023*.
  • Not enrolled in their 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).
  • Has sustained a 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.

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

How to Apply

Online application

  • Write your complete name as it appears on your ID (cedula).
  • Family name refers to your last names.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) refers to your cumulative percentage (this is your promedio acumulado).
  • Write your home address in Spanish.
  • Enter emergency contacts living in Nicaragua.
  • Respond to essay questions as instructed, adhering to indicated word limits.

Tip:  Use the “Save Draft” button to save your progress and the “Save” button until you have completed all fields and have uploaded required documents. Then, you will have to click on the “Submit” button to send your Global UGRAD application.

If you have an issue with the Global UGRAD application system, please write an email to exchangeprograms@worldlearning.org, request assistance explaining the issue and attach images to your email to show the exact problem.

Required Documents

  • Scanned Copy of both sides 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 copies of academic transcripts for years of university studies with cumulative percentage up to first semester 2021 (certificado de notas con porcentaje acumulado hasta primer semestre 2021).
  • Transcripts must be translated into English. You may translate your own transcripts 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, and the length of your course of study/major in years. (You could add this document in the portfolio section of your application.)
  • Two scanned letters of recommendation written by 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. Use the recommendations forms within the online system and review “Letter of Recommendation Guidelines.”

Note: 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. Letters should be written in English, but if you get letters written in Spanish, you must include a Spanish translation.  Check the Letter of Recommendation Guidelines at the bottom of this website. These forms are also available within the Global UGRAD application system.

Tip: Please 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 information. Examples: EmilyJones_Transcript, EmilyJones_Transcript_translation.pdf, EmilyJones_ID.pdf (you could also include your passport in this file), 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 2023 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.

Incomplete applications or applications submitted late will not be considered. Make sure to request transcripts and letters of recommendation in advance to upload them to your application. (Check the Letter of Recommendation Guidelines on this website or within the UGRAD application system.)

Letter of Recommendation Guidelines

These guidelines will help the person writing your letters of recommendation to focus on things we want to know about you:

  • In what context he/she knows you;
  • How he/she would describe your mentality and adaptability in difficult situations;
  • The qualities that would make you a successful exchange student including your interaction with others.

For more information on this program please visit:

For specific questions, please contact the U.S. Embassy Managua Public Affairs Office at:

E-mail: PASManagua@state.gov
(Please write “UGRAD 2022-2023” in the Subject Line of your message)

Exchange Program for Student Leaders
Open Applications for Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders 2022

Topic: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

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 overview of the principles of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship by reviewing the development, history, challenges, and successes of U.S. enterprises, business leadership and women’s economic empowerment, in the United States and globally

The program will be offered in Spanish to participants from Nicaragua, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama, and Venezuela, between July-August, 2022; exact dates will be communicated at the time of selection.  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 is an 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 seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  Site visits, leadership development, cultural activities, community service, and a one-week study tour will complement the coursework and academic sessions.

Note: that if the program must take place virtually, participants will engage in similar activities but online from their home countries.

The four-week academic residency will provide participants with an overview of principles of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship by reviewing the development, history, challenges, and successes of U.S. enterprises, business leadership and women’s economic empowerment, in the United States and globally.  Topics may include, but are not limited to, social capital strategies for sustainable economic development, financial literacy, banking, microfinance, organizational development and management, innovation, emerging markets and risk analysis, strategic business planning, corporate social responsibility, and minorities in entrepreneurship.

The program will conclude with a closing forum in Washington, D.C., if health and safety conditions allow, where participants will come together to network, discuss their action plans, and engage in conversations on relevant topics.  During the forum, participants will have the opportunity to meet with other peers from Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua who are participating in other programs.

Travel Dates

Between July – August 2022 (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 Funding

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 and visa travel, travel allowances, domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence. ITD will arrange and pay for participants’ international and visa travel costs and travel allowances within set limits and in coordination with the U.S. Embassy.

Program Requirements and Restrictions

This is an intensive and rigorous academic program and candidates are expected to fully participate in all aspects of the program.  Students should attend all lectures, participate in all required organized activities, and complete all assignments.

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.  Family members and/or friends may not accompany or join participants for any part of 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.

Housing and Meal Arrangements

Housing will be in shared or single university dorms on campus or full-service hotels within walking distance of most classroom activities.  Male and female participants will be housed in separate quarters.  In addition to regular group meals and a university meal plan, participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.

Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.  Special accommodations will be made available to the greatest extent possible.  Should a participant need to quarantine due to positive COVID-19 test results, accommodations will follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

Health Benefits

All participants will receive the Department of State’s Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE) health benefit during the U.S.-based in-person component, which provides coverage of up to $100,000 with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and a $75 co-pay per emergency room visit, for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions may be covered up to $100,000, subject to policy exclusions and limitations.  ASPE also covers up to $500 for routine COVID-19 testing requirements in the United States.  COVID-19 is treated like any other illness under the ASPE health benefits plan.  Information on the health benefit program may be found online at https://www.sevencorners.com/gov/usdos

Travel Policy

Under no circumstances are participants allowed to arrive in the United States prior to the start date of the SUSI or remain in the United States after the end date.  Similarly, participants will not be permitted to leave the SUSI to visit relatives or friends while in the United States.  If a relative or friend wishes to visit a participant, it will be considered 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 following the end of the exchange.

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

Virtual Program Contingency

Should health, safety, and travel conditions continue to pose significant challenges, the SUSI will pivot to a virtual format.  The virtual program would consist of a minimum of 36 hours of required programming with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning.  To the extent possible, the virtual programming would include lectures, small group discussions, videos, readings, panels, site visits, leadership development, assignments, and individual and group activities.  Participants will be expected to fully participate in the entire virtual program from their location.

Connectivity

Should the program need to pivot to a virtual format, participants would need access to a computer and a stable internet connection. Participants would be expected to actively engage in all program activities, and therefore, they should notify immediately the host institution and post of any issues with their online access during the duration of the program as well as any difficulties affecting their participation.

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 education, 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 professional fields.

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 (male or female.)
  • 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 December 31, 2022.
  • Be interested in the topic of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.
  • Have one or more semesters of classes remaining in order to graduate by August 2022 (NOTE: Thesis and internships do NOT count as classes.)
  • Have demonstrated leadership qualities and potential in university, extracurricular, and community activities.
  • Have a serious interest in learning about the United States.
  • Have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and recommendations. University cumulative percentage: 80%.
  • Have demonstrated commitment to community and extracurricular university activities.
  • 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.
  • If the program is conducted in-person, 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 country; and,
  • If the program must be conducted virtually, candidate would need access to internet from home, university, etc.

Documentation Needed with Application

  • Complete application
  • Copy of cedula. This is mandatory, applications without cedula will not be considered.
  • Copies ONLY of university transcripts up to first semester of 2021. 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.
  • Other copies of awards, certificates of recognition, or diplomas that demonstrate the criteria specified above.

How to Send your Application and other Documents

  • Please send your SUSI application and other documents to the email address PASManagua@state.gov
  • Use subject title “SUSI2022 Entrepreneurship – Your Complete Name”.
  • Example: SUSI 2022 Entrepreneurship – Katherine Johnson.
  • Tip: When attaching your files, please name them appropriately. This will help us identify the owner and content of each file.
  • Example: Katherine Johnson application.pdf, Katherine Johnson Adjuntos.pdf,
  • 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.
  • Please DO NOT send links to documents stored in Google Drive, ONE drive, Dropbox, etc.

Notification of Documents Receipt

You will receive an email notification message within 3 business days after you send your application through e-mail.

  • Only completed applications with all required documentation will be evaluated.
  • For more information on this program, please write to PASManagua@state.gov

Exchange Program for Student Leaders

Open Applications for Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders 2022

Topic: Women Leadership for Indigenous and Afro-Latina Women

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 women leaders in the U.S. in government, business, the private sector and academia.

The program will be offered in Spanish to participants from Nicaragua, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, and Panama between July – August 2022; exact dates will be communicated at the time of selection.  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 is an 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 seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  Site visits, leadership development, cultural activities, community service, and a one-week study tour will complement the coursework and academic sessions.

Note: that if the program must take place virtually, participants will engage in similar activities but online from their home countries.

The SUSI on Women’s Leadership for Indigenous and Afro-Latina Women will provide participants with an overview of women leaders in the U.S. in government, business, the private sector and academia.  Topics may include, but are not limited to, history of women’s rights in the United States, women’s gender and racial issues including the struggle of the LGBTQI community for inclusion in the United States and Latin America, current challenges in global women’s issues such as the economic impact of the pandemic on women and girls’ lives, and the increasing role of indigenous and Afro-Latina women in their countries.

The program will conclude with a closing forum in Washington, D.C., if health and safety conditions allow, where participants will come together to network, discuss their action plans, and engage in conversations on relevant topics.  During the forum, participants will have the opportunity to meet with other peers from Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama who are participating in other programs.

Travel Dates

Between July – August 2022 (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 Funding

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 and visa travel, travel allowances, domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence. ITD will arrange and pay for participants’ international and visa travel costs and travel allowances within set limits and in coordination with the U.S. Embassy.

Program Requirements and Restrictions

This is an intensive and rigorous academic program and candidates are expected to fully participate in all aspects of the program.  Students should attend all lectures, participate in all required organized activities, and complete all assignments.

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.  Family members and/or friends may not accompany or join participants for any part of 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.

Housing and Meal Arrangements

Housing will be in shared or single university dorms on campus or full-service hotels within walking distance of most classroom activities.  Male and female participants will be housed in separate quarters.  In addition to regular group meals and a university meal plan, participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.

Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.  Special accommodations will be made available to the greatest extent possible.  Should a participant need to quarantine due to positive COVID-19 test results, accommodations will follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

Housing and Meal Arrangements

Housing will be in shared university dorms on campus with common bathrooms.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.  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 Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE) health benefit during the U.S.-based in-person component, which provides coverage of up to $100,000 with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and a $75 co-pay per emergency room visit, for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions may be covered up to $100,000, subject to policy exclusions and limitations.  ASPE also covers up to $500 for routine COVID-19 testing requirements in the United States.  COVID-19 is treated like any other illness under the ASPE health benefits plan.  Information on the health benefit program may be found online at https://www.sevencorners.com/gov/usdos

Travel Policy

Under no circumstances are participants allowed to arrive in the United States prior to the start date of the SUSI or remain in the United States after the end date.  Similarly, participants will not be permitted to leave the SUSI to visit relatives or friends while in the United States.  If a relative or friend wishes to visit a participant, it will be considered 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 following the end of the exchange.

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

Virtual Program Contingency

Should health, safety, and travel conditions continue to pose significant challenges, the SUSI will pivot to a virtual format.  The virtual program would consist of a minimum of 36 hours of required programming with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning.  To the extent possible, the virtual programming would include lectures, small group discussions, videos, readings, panels, site visits, leadership development, assignments, and individual and group activities.  Participants will be expected to fully participate in the entire virtual program from their location.

Connectivity

Should the program need to pivot to a virtual format, participants would need access to a computer and a stable internet connection. Participants would be expected to actively engage in all program activities, and therefore, they should notify immediately the host institution and post of any issues with their online access during the duration of the program as well as any difficulties affecting their participation.

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 education 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, and other professional fields.

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 December 31, 2021.
  • Be interested in the topic of Women’s Leadership.
  • Have one or more semesters of classes remaining in order to graduate by August 2022 (NOTE: Thesis and internships do NOT count as classes.)
  • Have demonstrated leadership qualities and potential in university, extracurricular, and community activities.
  • Have a serious interest in learning about the United States.
  • Have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and recommendations. University cumulative percentage: 80%.
  • Have demonstrated commitment to community and extracurricular university activities.
  • 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.

If the program is conducted in-person, 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 country; and,

If the program must be conducted virtually, candidate would need access to internet from home, university, etc.

Documentation Needed with Application

  • Complete application
  • Copy of cedula. This is mandatory, applications without cedula will not be considered.
  • Copies ONLY of university transcripts up to first semester of 2021. 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.
  • Other copies of awards, certificates of recognition, or diplomas that demonstrate the criteria specified above.

How to Send your Application and other Documents

Please your SUSI application and other documents to the email address PASManagua@state.gov.

Use subject title “SUSI2022 Entrepreneurship – Your Complete Name”.  Example: SUSI 2022 Entrepreneurship – Katherine Johnson.

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

Example: Katherine Johnson application.pdf, Katherine Johnson Adjuntos.pdf,

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.

Please DO NOT send links to documents stored in Google Drive, ONE drive, Dropbox, etc.

Notification of Documents Receipt

You will receive an email notification message within 3 business days after you send your application through e-mail.

  • Only completed applications with all required documentation will be evaluated.
  • For more information on this program, please write to PASManagua@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

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.