U.S. – Timor-Leste Scholarship Program (USTL) Program Summary
The U.S.-Timor-Leste Scholarship program (USTL) is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, and administered by American Councils for International Education.
The program provides:
- Full funding for four years of undergraduate (B.A. degree) study in the United States;
- Airfare, university housing, board, health insurance, visa, and book stipend;
- Support and advising from American Councils staff;
- Additional English study in the U.S. for applicants who need to develop their English skills before beginning degree work;
- Arrival orientation in Washington, DC.
Applicants to the program must:
- Have completed or be in the process of completing their final year of secondary school;
- Be at least 18 years old when they plan to travel to the U.S.;
- Be proficient speakers of English;
- Be citizens or permanent residents of Timor-Leste.
People who participate in the program are committed to:
- Complete an undergraduate degree at the intuition where they are placed to study in the U.S.;
- Return home to Timor-Leste;
- Make two presentations about their country during events on campus, such as International Education Week;
- Participate in community service and internships, with help from American Councils staff and their host university advisors;
- Serve as mentors to future students on the program.
To apply, you should:
- Complete an application on line or print out a hard copy and return the completed application to the U.S. Embassy in Dili;
- Submit with the application a passport copy, two letters of reference, and a copy of your high school transcripts and/or transcripts from your current university/college with an English translation.
Priority in funding will go to applicants who have:
- Proficient English skills,
- A strong academic record,
- Positive letters of recommendation,
- Demonstrable leadership abilities,
- The flexibility necessary to succeed in study abroad,
- A commitment to cross cultural understanding and tolerance.
If you have questions, please email us at: USTLscholarship@americancouncils.org,