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Exchange Programs

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 ( 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 Scholar Program

    • In Moldova, the Fulbright program offers non-degree research grants for senior researchers, university lecturers, or experts in different fields who have a doctoral degree or equivalent professional experience.

      The program accepts candidates from the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural and applied sciences. Grants are awarded for a period of three to ten months. 

      For more information please visit:  

      On-line applications must be submitted by June 1, 2016.  For more information, call 408352 or 408995, or send an e-mail to 

      For the on-line application and more information on the Fulbright Scholar Program, please click HERE

  • Fulbright Faculty Development Program

    Fulbright Faculty Development Program

    • The Fulbright Faculty Development Program provides training for university instructors from Moldova in curriculum development and teaching methodology.

      Participants work closely with faculty mentors from host universities in the United States to develop new courses in their fields of study, gathering new teaching materials and sharing Moldovan teaching practices with U.S. faculty and students. Fellows spend one academic year in the United States. 

      Applicants must have at least two years of professional experience as a university lecturer or administrator. For additional information on Fulbright Faculty Development Program click here.

      For more information visit

      On-line applications must be submitted by June 1, 2016.  For more information, call 408352 or 408995, or send an e-mail to 
      For more information and the on-line application for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program, please click HERE 

  • U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program

    U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program

    • The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program sends four to six U.S. faculty and professionals to Moldova each year. Grantees lecture at Moldovan universities and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. 

      For more information visit:
  • U.S. Fulbright Senior Specialists

    U.S. Fulbright Senior Specialists

    • The Fulbright Senior Specialist Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter grant lengths give specialists greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional commitments.

      The goal of this program is to promote increased connections between U.S. and non-U.S. higher education academic institutions and to encourage new activities that go beyond the traditional Fulbright activities of lecturing and research. 

      For more information visit:
  • U.S. Fulbright Students Program

    U.S. Fulbright Students Program

    • The Fulbright program for U.S. students awards one academic year research grants to U.S. citizens in all fields. The program provides invaluable opportunities to meet, work, and live with the people of Moldova. U.S.

      Fulbright students promote cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding through engagement in the community on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.  For more information visit:

      Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program

    Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program

    • The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program places U.S. graduates as English teaching assistants in schools or universities overseas, thus improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country.

      ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.

      For mo
      re information visit:
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship

    Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship

    • The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a one-year scholarship offered to mid-career professionals who have a record of leadership, a commitment to public service in either the public or private sector, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at a leading U.S. university.

      While program participants receive a certificate from the U.S. Government, the program is not designed to deliver an advanced degree.  Each year, the U.S. Embassy identifies the eligible fields. 

      On-line applications must be submitted by June 1, 2016.  For details check the announcement. For more information, call 408352 or 408995, or send an e-mail to 

      For more information on the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program visit  

  • The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)

    The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)

  • The Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX)

    The Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX)

    • The Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) offers one-year scholarships to high school students. Scholarship winners live in the United States with an American host family, attend high school, experience American community life, and share Moldovan culture with Americans.

      Students must be enrolled in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade and must meet specific age requirements to apply. Applicants must have a good command of the English language, a good academic record, and must possess the personal skills, qualities, attitude, and motivation that will enable them to succeed as exchange students.

      This program is administered in Moldova by American Councils. For further information visit
  • The Benjamin Franklin Leadership Program

    The Benjamin Franklin Leadership Program

    • The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative: Summer Institutes for Youth is a three-and-a-half week program named after the American statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin, in honor of his dedication to strengthening transatlantic cooperation.

      The summer institutes bring together young Americans, Europeans, and Central Asians to foster relationships in order to advance freedom across the globe and promote awareness of shared values in light of global challenges of the 21st century.

      For more information visit
  • International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

    International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

    • The emphasis of International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) program is to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through communication at the personal and professional levels. 

      The International Visitor Leadership Program brings participants to the United States from all over the world each year to meet and confer with their professional counterparts and to experience the U.S. firsthand.  The visitors, who are current or potential leaders in government, politics, media, education, and other fields, are selected by officials of the U.S. Embassy. 

      For more information visit:
  • Open World Program

    Open World Program

    • The Open World Program offers short-term professional visits to the U.S. to emerging political and civic leaders from Moldova and other countries. It aims to promote mutual understanding between Moldova and the United States by enabling Moldovan leaders to experience American political and civic life and to share ideas and expertise with their American counterparts.

      Most Open World visits last 10 days and focus on a theme that relates to the delegates’ professional or civic work, exposing them to ideas and practices they can adapt to their own situations. The participants are selected by officials of the U.S. Embassy.

      In Moldova the program is administered by the American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS). 

      For further information visit
  • Fulbright Foreign Student Program

    Fulbright Foreign Student Program

    • The U.S. Embassy in Moldova is pleased to announce the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for the 2015-16 academic year.

      The program enables young professionals from Moldova to study for one year or longer at U.S. universities to pursue Master's level study in any field except medicine.  Participants are selected through an open, merit-based competition. This prestigious award covers tuition and fees at an American university, a monthly stipend, health insurance, and international airfare.

      Eligibility requirements:

      • 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 U.S. J-1 visa (two-year home-country residence requirement)
      • Proficiency in written and spoken English
      • Completed undergraduate education
      • Strong academic record

      Information about other exchanges is available at:  

      For more information, call 408352 or 408995, or send an e-mail to 

      For the on-line application and more information on the 
      Fulbright Foreign Student Program, please click HERE


Useful sites

American Councils

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