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Available Exchange Programs

The U.S. Embassy in Vietnam offers a wide variety of scholarship programs for students and professionals with different interests.

Navigate through the below list of programs for additional details.


More information about the YSEALI Program in Vietnam.

Study of the United States Institutes (SUSIs)

The SUSI Program is divided in two sub-categories: SUSI for Scholars and Secondary Educators.

SUSI for Scholars and Secondary Educators:
These are six-week intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars an opportunity to deepen their understanding of American society, culture and institutions. The ultimate goal is to strengthen teaching about the U.S. in academic institutions abroad. The ideal participants are young scholars who research, teach, compile textbooks and design curricula on American Studies at the undergraduate or graduate levels at Vietnamese universities.

Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)

This program provides scholarships for one semester or one academic year of study at a U.S. university.  The goal is to provide a diverse group of emerging student leaders, from non-elite and under-represented groups, with a substantive exchange experience at a U.S. college or university, with in-depth exposure to U.S. society, culture and academic institutions. Students are selected based on 1) academic record, 2) leadership skills and potential, 3) community involvement and extra-curricular activities, and 4) English proficiency (minimum TOEFL score of 525 (paper-based) or 70 (iBT).


  • September: Call for applications
  • November: Deadline for submission of applications to the Embassy
  • Nov-Dec: Screening of applications; interviews of shortlisted candidates
  • December: Nomination of finalists to Washington
  • March: Selection results available from Washington
  • June: Placement information available
  • July: Departure of selected candidates (whole academic year program)
  • January: Departure of selected candidates (semester program)

Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP)

This intensive four-week exchange program in the United States aims at promoting high-quality leadership, civic responsibility, volunteerism, and respect for diversity.  Each year, five Vietnamese high-school students and one teacher (who acts as chaperone) are selected for this program and are joined by similar groups from other Southeast Asian countries.  It is designed to enable teenagers, ages 15-17, and teachers to travel to the United States for a program focused on building a sense of community, developing civil society and economic institutions, and recognizing the commonalities among Southeast Asians and Americans.


  • July-August: Call for applications
  • September: Submission of applications to the Embassy; screening and interviews
  • October: Nomination of finalists to Washington
  • November: Selection results available from Washington; departure of selected candidates

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

This is a one year, non-degree, full scholarship program offered to promising mid-career professionals who have proven track records of leadership and a strong commitment to public service. Participants in the program spend one academic year at a leading U.S. university doing their self-designed program of academic course work, participating in professional affiliations off-campus, field trips, special workshops and seminars in their field of study.


  • April: Call for applications
  • May: Information sessions held in Hanoi and HCMC
  • Early August: Deadline for submission of applications to the Embassy
  • Aug-Sep: Screening of applications; interviews
  • October 1: Nomination of finalists to Washington
  • October: Finalists take iBT TOEFL
  • Feb-Mar: Selection results available from Washington
  • March/April: Departure for the U.S. (fellows needing Long Term English)
  • May: Placement results available
  • June-August: Departure for the U.S. (fellows not needing Long Term English)

Community Solutions Program

The Community Solutions Program is a professional leadership development program for the best and brightest community leaders worldwide.

Community Solutions Fellows complete a four-month fellowship with a U.S. nonprofit organization or local government agency. Our Community Leadership Institute provides an integrated leadership curriculum and individualized coaching throughout the fellowship. Fellows return home to apply their new skills through a community action project.

The Community Solutions Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IREX.

Participants must:

  • Be between the ages of 25 and 38 at the beginning of the year;
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country;
  • Be living and working in your home country (individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration);
  • Have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer;
  • Have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English at the time of application
  • Be eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa

Applications are typically accepted from October through November of each year. Visit IREX for more information.