55 scholarships are available for Colombians who wish to study in the United States

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Fulbright It is an educational aid program sponsored by The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, among others, and private companies. This entity offers several programs for Colombians who want to study in the USA.

For example: in combination with Ministry of Science, Technology and InnovationThey offer 40 scholarships for research. Programs cover up to 5 years of project application, voucher for exams such as TOEFL, iBT and/or GRE; You can also apply for a full or partial waiver of tuition fees. In addition, they will have access to academic advising and overlook the cost and procedures of life, living expenses and even airline tickets.

For professional programs, the Administrative Department for Social Prosperity (DPS), Columbian Institute for Educational Credit and Technical Studies Abroad, ICETEXIn association with Fulbright, view up to Five classes for Colombian professionals, that at the time of applying for the scholarship, they have completed accompanying them in the training program supported by the Youth at Work Program, who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree and wish to pursue master’s programs at US universities, starting in the second semester of 2023.

by Ministry of Culture, 4 scholarships are offered to directors of culture and/or Colombian artists who demonstrate outstanding careers in their professional field. This is in order to implement master’s programs at universities or specialized institutes in the United States starting August 2023.

The Fulbright Foundation guarantees:

Likewise, we expect all population groups in the country to be represented in our scholarship programmes. That is why, within the framework of the call, diverse candidates are sought, from all regions and corners of Colombia, regardless of their sexual orientation, creed, race or type of disability. In addition to the above, candidates who are distinguished by their social and higher educational commitment to the state are sought.

They explain that one of these shares is for directors or artists who are from an Afro-descendant community and another is for directors or artists who come from an indigenous community.

Regarding the latter, there are 3 Targeted Scholarships Exclusively for communities of African descent and one for a member of an indigenous community.

“The Fulbright Scholarship for Afro-descendant communities responds to the need to increase access to quality higher education in different regions of the country and among different population groups. Likewise, it is part of a strategy to reduce gaps and promote quality and inclusive education. In particular, this scholarship funds master’s degrees or Ph.D. for Colombian professionals in the United States.”

Each program has specific requirements, But there are a few general elements that stand out:

Essay on your academic goals

Essay on your personal development

CV

ID card

Minimum certificates of appreciation (depending on the program)

Diplomas of completed studies

Letters of recommendations for both professionals and academics

You will also need to take standardized English language tests, such as TOEFL and IELTS.

For more information, you can visit the Fulbright Columbia page, where you can find all requirements, depending on the program you are interested in.

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