Islamabad - The US Embassy in Islamabad and its partners are accepting applications from Pakistani students for several US exchange programmes, the embassy announced yesterday. 

A statement issued here said the interested students should apply immediately, as deadlines are approaching quickly. “Students accepted into these programs are not responsible for any program cost; the US government will pay for international airfare and other program-related expenses for selected students,” it said.

Undergraduate students interested in public policy can apply for a five-week Study of the US Institutes program in summer 2017 focusing on local, state, and federal public policymaking, the statement said. 

“Applicants must have at least one semester remaining in their undergraduate studies after the program concludes. Interested applicants should carefully review eligibility criteria and complete the application form,” it said.

The statement said that under the 2017 Undergraduate Semester Exchange Program, undergraduate students of age 25 and younger also may also apply. “Selected participants spend one semester in the United States pursuing full-time, non-degree academic study. Applications are due to the US Educational Foundation in Pakistan by November 23,” it said.

The embassy said Gifted female high school students are encouraged to apply for the Summer Sisters exchange program, which allows them to study science, leadership, and international affairs, among other topics, at the US universities. Applications for the Summer Sisters program are due to iEARN Pakistan by November 20.  Young professionals who wish to complete one year of non-degree study at a U.S. community college should apply for the Community College Initiative Program. 

Applicants must be young professionals working in one of the following fields: agriculture, applied engineering, business management and administration, media, tourism and hospitality management, public safety (rescue/disaster management services), and early childhood education.  Applications are due November 30, it said.

The US Department of State sponsors programs that send approximately 1,000 Pakistanis on exchange programs to the United States each year.