Fulbright

The U.S. Government sponsors a number of academic, professional, and cultural exchange programs in Moldova. The goals of these programs are to foster mutual understanding between the United States and Moldova through exchange and training programs, and to further democratic and economic reforms in Moldova through participants implementing the experience and knowledge they gain in the U.S.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the Department of State oversees the programs worldwide, while the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau is responsible for the programs in Moldova. The U.S. Embassy directly administers several exchange programs, while others are administered by approved partner organizations.

Announcements about U.S. Government exchange opportunities for Moldovans are posted on the U.S. Embassy web page (http://moldova.usembassy.gov) and the web pages of the administering organizations. They are also published in local mass media. The application deadlines for each program vary throughout the year, and therefore program announcements occur at different times. However, the web pages provide general information about the programs throughout the year. 
While each program has additional requirements, the basic qualifications for all programs are:

  • Citizenship of the Republic of Moldova and permanent residence in the country (permanent residents of the Transnistrian region may be considered regardless of citizenship).
  • Eligibility for a J-1 visa. Program participants must return to and reside in Moldova for two years after completion of their programs and are not eligible for visa transfers.
  • Some (but not all) programs also require spoken and written proficiency in English.

Participation in U.S. exchange programs is merit-based, and each program has its own criteria for selection. Applicants are evaluated on factors such as academic excellence, leadership potential, knowledge of English, fields of study or research, and preparedness for visiting or living in the United States. The programs offer equal opportunities to all applicants and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap or disability. Preference is generally given to applicants without recent or substantial experience in the United States.

The application and selection process for each program consist of several stages. For the academic exchange programs, for example, the first stage is submission of a written application. Applicants who advance to the next stage are required to attend an oral interview and may be required to demonstrate their English proficiency. Generally, the selection process takes over six months from the time written applications are submitted to the notification of successful candidates. Final candidates for most academic programs are notified of their selection no earlier than March or April. Most participants begin their program and travel to the United States nearly one year after submitting the written application.

For more information please contact the Public Affairs Office at 40 83 52 or 40 89 95.

List of Exchange Programs

  • FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR PROGRAM
  • FULBRIGHT FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
  • U.S. FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR PROGRAM
  • U.S. FULBRIGHT SENIOR SPECIALISTS
  • U.S. FULBRIGHT STUDENTS PROGRAM
  • FULBRIGHT ENGLISH TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP (ETA) PROGRAM
  • HUBERT H. HUMPHREY FELLOWSHIP
  • THE GLOBAL UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE PROGRAM (GLOBAL UGRAD)
  • THE FUTURE LEADERS EXCHANGE PROGRAM (FLEX)
  • THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
  • INTERNATIONAL VISITOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (IVLP)
  • OPEN WORLD PROGRAM
  • FULBRIGHT FOREIGN STUDENT PROGRAM
For more information: http://moldova.usembassy.gov/exchanges.html     

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