Academic & Professional Exchanges

Our programs foster the sharing of information on U.S. society, values and expertise with interested Haitian audiences through professional, academic and cultural exchange programs. These programs, which are at the heart of the section’s work, seek to promote the free exchange of information and ideas, capacity building, and to increase understanding between the citizens of the United States and Haiti.

Academic Exchanges

Learn more about quality higher-education opportunities in the U.S. and about our programs in Haiti.

Established in 1946 by the congress, the Fulbright Program was named after the former senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The program’s basic objective remains to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. This program leads to a graduate-level degree (Master’s degree) from an American University while fostering academic exchanges between Haiti and the United States. Preference is given to candidates who wish to pursue graduate study in education, law, public, administration/policy, public health management, economics, urban planning, and American studies. Applicants must be Haitian citizens with a bachelor’s degree based on an exemplary academic record. They should have at least two (2) years of work experience, must show an ongoing commitment to community/ public service; must have advanced English language skills (verbal and written, Minimum score of 550 on TOEFL); and must present a well-developed application. Applicants with extensive or recent experience in the U.S. will not be considered, nor will Haitians with dual U.S. citizenship, legal permanent residence in the U.S. (green card status) or legal permanent residence in Canada.

The Fulbright Faculty Development Program brings up to 150 educators each year from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States for advanced studies in a wide variety of disciplines. Grantees are selected for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program based on their potential to contribute to their disciplines as well as to their academic institutions. The majority of the grantees study at the master’s level; however, doctoral and non-degree studies are also supported. Once their studies in the United States completed, grantees resume teaching, research, and, in some cases, administrative positions at their home institutions in order to share the benefits of their educational experience. The specialized programs created by Fulbright and LASPAU over more than three decades are fulfilling the goals of both organizations to increase understanding among the countries of the Americas. The success of the collaboration is shown not only in the substantial roster of grantees who have been placed in U.S. graduate programs, but also in the knowledge and cross-cultural experience that Fulbright grantees carry with them when they return to their home countries.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD Program) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State that provides to a diverse group of emerging undergraduate student leaders, a substantive exchange experience for one semester or one academic year in a non-degree program.  Students will be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program in the United States and will live on the university campus. The students will have the opportunity to receive in-depth exposure of the U.S. society, culture and academic institutions. Students must complete at least one year of undergraduate study in Haiti before they begin the Global UGRAD program and they must return to their home country upon completion of the program. Scholarships are available for all academic fields and students aged 24 or younger may apply. Students must be proficient in English (minimum TOEFL score: 500).  English language training may be available for selected students. Once accepted students will travel to the U.S. in the fall or winter.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their leadership potential and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector. The Humphrey Program fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the United States and the Fellow’s home countries. The program offers valuable opportunities for leadership development and for professional involvement with Americans and which counterparts from many nations. The nature and quality of the candidate’s professional experience should be commensurate with the type of training and study experience he or she seeks. Candidate are policy-makers, managers, or administrators, not technicians or (with exception of drug abuse candidates) researchers. Applicants are encouraged to develop a project or research paper in conjunction with their home government, organization, or employer. Candidate should be currently employed, have the backing of their employers; and be able to take a leave of absence for a period of 10-12 months.

The Study of the United States Institutes for Scholars are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, and institutions. The goal of this program is to strengthen curricular and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. It will provide participants with a deeper understanding of U.S. political institutions and major currents in American political thoughts. The institute will offer an overview of political thought during the founding period, and the development and current functioning of the American presidency, congress, and the federal judiciary. The examination of political institutions include the electoral system, political parties, and interest groups, the civil service system, media, and think tanks, and the welfare/regulatory state. Candidates for this program should be mid-career, typically between the age of 30-50, highly motivated and experienced professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research focused organizations. Priority will be given to experienced professionals with little or no experience in the United States, whose home institutions is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the institute, to enhance and update existing courses of the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme.

The different SUSI programs include:

SUSI for Scholars
The SUSI for scholars are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign University faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. Its purpose is to explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres; and to suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger current within contemporary U.S. society and culture.

SUSI for Secondary School Educators
The Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educator are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators the opportunity to deepen their understanding on the U.S. Society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the U.S. in secondary and other academic institutions abroad. Educators will learn how to develop high school level curricula about the United States through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches while illuminating contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.

NB: The institute for secondary educators includes secondary school teachers, teacher’s trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, secondary school administrators, or other related professionals with responsibility for secondary education.

SUSI for student leaders
The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on U.S. History and Government are intensive short term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The five week Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. The coursework and classroom activities will be implemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institute will be hosted by the Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst, MA.

Scholarships are available for all academic fields. Scholarships in the field of medicine (Nursing, Pharmacology, Veterinary, or other clinical field of study) are limited.

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, implemented by IREX. TEA provides secondary school teachers from Eurasia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Hemisphere with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. The program will include coursework and intensive training in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, teaching strategies for the participants’ home environment, educational leadership, as well as the use of computers for Internet, internships at a secondary school, word processing, and as teaching tools. Eligible applicants must be: Secondary-level, full-time teachers with at least five (5) years of classroom experience in either English as a Foreign Language; or Social Science (social studies, civics, geography or history), and Citizens of Haiti. Applicants should have English-language proficient in written and spoken English. The TEA fellowship is fully funded.