Exchange Programs

Education Exchange

The U.S. Government & the U.S. Embassy in Pristina sponsors various exchange program opportunities for Kosovo citizens, including high school students, university students, academics and professionals. These include:

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES)

This program provides full scholarships for Kosovo secondary school students to spend one academic year in the United States. Students live with U.S. host families and attend American high schools. The YES program is administered in partnership with the U.S. Department of State by a consortium of non-profit organizations led by American Councils for International Education. In Kosovo, American Councils manages the YES program in partnership with the U.S. Embassy Pristina. For additional information about the program, please visit the website: or contact American Councils for International Education Office in Pristina at

Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Summer Institute, Youth Program

This program offers opportunities for students from Kosovo, 16-18 years old, to attend a four-week summer institute in the United States. During the program, students have a chance to interact with over 45 other students from over 30 countries in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Eurasia and the U.S. They explore American culture and politics and will learn about the opportunities and challenges of civil society.  

The Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship

The Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship is a flagship young European leaders program of the U.S. Department of State that is supported in its implementation by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). During a year-long fellowship, young European entrepreneurs from 45 countries will participate in a series of activities designed to strengthen their businesses and create a transatlantic innovation network. The YTILI experience is a professional development opportunity for innovators to become change makers by developing the skills to be successful entrepreneurs. YTILI Fellows are given access to a network of professionals, mentors, and resources aligned to support the growth of their venture during the fellowship experience. By exploring entrepreneurship in the transatlantic context, YTILI fellows will also develop the expertise to better engage in policy conversations in their home countries, across Europe, and in the transatlantic sphere.  


Fulbright Foreign Student Program in the United States for Kosovo Citizens

This program brings Kosovo citizens to the United States for postgraduate (master) degree programs at U.S. universities. Students apply for Fulbright Fellowships through the U.S. Embassy in Pristina. For additional information about the program, please visit the website:  

The Kosovo Undergraduate Exchange Program (Kosovo UGRAD)

This program provides one-semester scholarships to promising undergraduate students from Kosovo for a non-degree, full-time study in a U.S. university or community college. In addition to course work, students perform community service projects, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichment activities. Students are selected through an open, merit-based competition. For more information please visit: .The Community College Initiative Program (CCI)

Community College Initiative Program (CCI)

The Community College Initiative Program (CCI) provides participants from underserved and underrepresented groups with a one-year non-degree academic program at a U.S. community
college. The CCI Program builds participants’ technical skills applied fields, enhances their
leadership capabilities, and strengthens their English language proficiency. The program also
provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and community
engagement activities that build mutual understanding through immersion in the culture and
day-to-day life of the United States. Read more:

Fulbright Scholar (Doctoral/PhD) Program in the United States (NON-DEGREE)

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its inception, more than 310,000 participants, chosen for their leadership potential, have participated in the Fulbright Program to exchange ideas, observe each other’s political, economic and cultural institutions, and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants.  

Fulbright Specialist Program 

The Fulbright Specialist Program in Kosovo is open for Kosovo host institutions to submit project ideas for qualified U.S. scholars and professionals. The Fulbright Specialist Program is a part of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. The program awards grants for projects that will last between two and six weeks.

Fulbright Faculty Development Program

The Faculty Development Program model is designed for junior faculty currently teaching in Kosovo. Applicants should intend to return to their position at their home institution upon completion of the program, continue their teaching responsibilities, and apply newly gained knowledge and experience. The goal of the program is to introduce participants to best practices and theoretical approaches to curriculum development in the United States.  Participants will learn concrete strategies on how to develop curriculum for a course, including an overview of academic and research resources. During the program, fellows will be expected to research and develop a course description and syllabus and outline specific teaching strategies for their proposed course.  

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

This program brings accomplished mid-level professionals from Kosovo to the United States for up to one year of combined academic (NON-DEGREE) and professional work. Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and commitment to public service. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U. S. academic and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas. For further information, please visit the website: