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Educational Exchange Programs

The Cultural Affairs Section of the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy works closely with the other elements of the U.S. Mission, as well as with a wide range of Malaysian public and private organizations to encourage broader understanding of the United States and its relationship with Malaysia through educational exchange. 

Malaysian American Commission on Education Exchanges (MACEE) administers the Fulbright Program and other exchange programs in order to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Malaysia.  The governments of Malaysia and the United States jointly finance MACEE and its programs.

Fulbright Program: The Fulbright Program was established in the United States in 1946 and aims to strengthen understanding and communication between the United States and other nations by funding a variety of educational exchanges. 

Humphrey Fellowships: Founded in 1978 in honor of the late Senator and Vice-president, the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings to the United States accomplished mid-level professionals from designated countries that have a wide range of development needs.

Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES):  The Department of State established the YES program in October, 2002 to provide scholarships for high school students (15-17 years) from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the U.S.  (Apply Now for the 2016 YES program here. Deadline: April 30, 2015)

Global Undergraduate Exchange Program: This program (also known as the Global UGRAD Program) provides one semester and academic year scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from underrepresented sectors in certain regions of the world for non-degree full-time study combined with community service, internships and cultural enrichment.  This is a non-credit program.

Global Sports Mentoring Program: The program will provide international participants, also known as emerging leaders, with unique opportunities across all aspects of sports to develop relevant management and business skills, gain exposure to the U.S. sports business, media, and non-profit environments, and establish lasting relationships and a global network of leaders in the sports sector. Information (PDF 88kb)  | Application (DOCX 236kb)

For more information on any particular program, please contact: 

Contact Information
Cultural Affairs Office
Public Affairs Section

American Embassy
376 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60-3-2168-5000
Fax: +60-3-2168-5158
Hours of Operations: Monday – Friday, 8.00am-4:30pm, excluding official holidays.