Educational Exchange

Educational Exchange Opportunities through the U.S. Embassy in Maputo

The U.S. Embassy offers a number of academic and professional exchange opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals throughout Mozambique. For more information on any of the programs below please click “More Information” after the program’s description. Application information is updated on a rolling basis.


Student Exchanges

Application Period: September – October

Provides scholarships to secondary school students to spend up to one academic year in the United States. Students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about U.S. society and values, and educate others about their home countries and cultures. Managed in Maputo by AFS South Africa.

Application period: December – January

A three week leadership and community service training for secondary school students and adult educators/youth workers. Participants engage in workshops, projects,  and cultural activities and develop community-based projects to implement in their home communities afterwards. Adult participants act as chaperones, mentors, and exchange program participants.

Application Period: January – February

Provides scholarships to university students for one to two semesters of non-degree study at American universities. Participants live on campus with American students and enroll full-time in undergraduate course work. Community service projects, cultural exchange activities, and professional internships are also included.

Application period: September – October

A five-week program designed to provide undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States and simultaneously enhance their leadership skills. Students participate in academic studies and extracurricular activities on the campus of a U.S. university and complete a one-week study tour, all centerd on the theme of Civic Engagement.

Application period: March – May

Provides two-year grants for Mozambican university graduates to pursue Master’s or PhD degree study at a U.S. university.


Teacher/Scholar Exchanges

Application Period: November

Designed to strengthen curricula and improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions overseas. Secondary school educators and administrators spend approximately five weeks at a U.S. university where they take part in a series of lectures, seminar discussions, and site visits to deepen their understanding of American society, culture, values, and institutions.

Application Period: January – March

Provides outstanding secondary school teachers of English, social studies, math, science, and special education with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. Teachers participate in a six-week academic program at a U.S. university graduate school of education, including intensive training in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, teaching strategies for their home environment, teacher leadership, and the use of instructional technologies. The program also includes field experience at a secondary school to engage participants with American teachers and students.

Application Period: November

Designed to strengthen curricula and improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions overseas. University faculty and other scholars spend approximately five weeks at a U.S. university and participate in a series of lectures, seminar discussions, and site visits related to each institute’s theme. Institute themes include: Contemporary American Literature, Journalism and Media, Religious Pluralism in the United States, U.S. Culture and Society, U.S. Foreign Policy, and U.S. Political Thought. Participants learn about American educational philosophies, explore new teaching methods, and pursue related research interests.

Application period: March – May

Provides grants of three to nine months for Mozambican university faculty to conduct independent postdoctoral research at a U.S. academic institution.


Professional Exchanges

Application Period: March – May

Provides 10 months of professional enrichment and non-degree graduate-level study in the U.S. for accomplished mid-level professionals in various fields.

Application Period: October – November

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a long-term effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders and strengthen partnerships between the U.S. and Africa. The Washington Fellowship brings 1000 young leaders, ages 25-35, to U.S. universities and colleges each year for academic and leadership training. Fellows receive world-class training and mentoring in three vital areas: business and entrepreneurship; civic leadership; and public administration.

Application Period: Rolling

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a long-term effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders and strengthen partnerships between the U.S. and Africa. The YALI Southern Africa Regional Leadership Center (RLC) offers leadership training programs to young leaders between the ages of 18 and 35. In the model of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the RLC provides fully-paid, in-person and online training, networking, and professional development opportunities to participants in three tracks: business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management. The six week training is offered in English at the RLC hosted by the University of South Africa (UNISA)-Pretoria and in Portuguese at the RLC Satellite Hub at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo.

More Information (UNISA Program):  https://yalisouthernafrica.melimu.com/

More Information (UEM Program):  https://yaliafricaaustral.melimu.com/

The U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience the country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

IVLP participants are identified and nominated by U.S. Embassy. Applications for this program are not accepted.

Application Period: September – October

Provides short-term training opportunities to agricultural professionals from middle income countries, emerging markets and emerging democracies. Participants visit the United States, generally for 2-3 weeks, to work with U.S. universities, government agencies, and private companies. They receive hands-on training to enhance their technical knowledge and skills in areas related to agricultural trade, agribusiness development, management, policy and marketing.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

An initiative to develop 100 future civil society leaders around the globe. Provides leadership development training, networking opportunities, and technical skills building for rising civil society leaders. Fellows participate in competitive internships and guided training ranging from six to 18 months at leading organizations addresing social issues.

The IWP was founded in 1967 and is the most prestigious program of its kind in the United States, bringing together rising literary stars, including screenwriters, poets, fiction writers, dramatists, and non-fiction writers,  to participate in a 12-week residency program. The 2018 Fall Residency is scheduled to take place from August 18-November 6 at the University of Iowa.  In addition to the Fall Residency, the IWP also hosts a range of in-person and distance learning opportunities.  Additional details are available on the IWP website: http://iwp.uiowa.edu/.