Educational Exchanges

U.S. Government Programs

The following list includes U.S. Government programs, grants, and training opportunities. Please also visit our Study in the United States page for information about the U.S. educational system and EducationUSA advising centers that can help you find the best programs for you, free of charge, and further exchange program opportunities.

The Summer Work and Travel program is all about giving students the chance to spend the summer working with an international team at a traditional American children’s camp, learning about American culture, making lifelong friends, building relationships, improving their language skills in a native environment and using their pocket money to travel around America. The program also gives young people basic skills that they can use in their future jobs and experience how to get by in a foreign country.

The U.S. Embassy’s Ambassadors Fund for Summer Work and Travel (AFSWT) scholarship aims to make cultural exchange programs in the U.S. accessible to disadvantaged Hungarian youth, while the U.S. visa sponsor Cultural Homestay International also guarantees compliance with J1 visa rules. The scholarship will cover pre-departure intensive English language training for selected participants who meet the application criteria, round-trip U.S. airfare, visa costs, health insurance, and camp-provided pocket money.

Further information

U.S. Embassy Budapest and the Ministry of Interior open their call for applications for Hungarian high schools to participate in a unique program series called America Day.

The full day program offers students and teachers a chance to learn about the Embassy’s work, get detailed information about our exchange programs, and experience American history and culture in a creative way.

Detailed information

The Summer Institutes will enable teenagers, ages 16-18, to participate in an intensive, four-week exchange program in the United States that focuses on global issues facing both European and American youth.
Detailed information

Are you a leader in your community interested in connecting with other young changemakers in the United States and around the globe? If so – apply for the Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program and join a global ecosystem of civil society leaders!

The Community Engagement Exchange Program is a transformational year-long leadership development program designed to enable civil society leaders, ages 21-28 from communities in over 100 countries to harness the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, specifically on issues related to civic dialogue and peacebuilding, open and participatory government, women and gender, resilience and sustainable development, and youth engagement.

Read more about the CEE program here.

The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for global community leaders, ages 25-38 at the time of application, working in Transparency & Accountability, Tolerance/Conflict Resolution, Environmental Issues, and Women’s Issues.

The Community Solutions Program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and implemented by IREX.
The application period for the current program has expired. We will add the new application information when it becomes available. Please check back to this page later and follow us on Facebook.

More information on the IREX website.

If you want to spend the academic year in the United States attending high school and living with an American host family, apply to the FLEX scholarship program!

This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, and has provided scholarships to over 29,000 secondary school students from 20 different countries in the last 29 years. Every year, around 900-1,000 students are studying in the U.S. on the FLEX program.

Read more about the FLEX Program here.

U.S. Embassy Budapest and the Hungarian Fulbright Commission are pleased to announce the 2023-24 Fulbright TEA (Teaching Excellence and Achievement ) Program.

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) in Media Literacy program is a six-week seminar in the United States for secondary-level teachers in September 2024.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2023


Detailed information

The Fulbright Program of the U.S. Government provides opportunities for study, research, and teaching in the U.S. Created in 1946 “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” the Fulbright program also provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to study, conduct research, and teach in Hungary.
Deadline: in May of each year

IWP’s Fall Residency furthers participants’ professional development, understanding of creative writing, literature, publishing and U.S. societal values and facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration.  Program activities will provide international writers with opportunities to engage with the U.S. creative economy and culture and encourage American writers to connect with priority foreign audiences.

Application deadline for the 2023-2024 International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residency Project: February 13, 2023

Detailed information about the IWP

Study of the U.S. 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, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of these Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. Detailed information

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators (SUSIs) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary school educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad. Detailed information


Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders is an intensive short-term academic program whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. Detailed information


Calling all young Hungarian entrepreneurs (ages 25-35) with at least two years of entrepreneurship or leadership experience! We are accepting applications for the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative Fellowships (YTILI).  The goal of YTILI is to empower young European entrepreneurs and innovators with the tools, networks and resources in order to grow their enterprises and gain an economic development, job creation, security, good governance and build a transatlantic network of innovations.

The application closes on Friday, March 24, 2023.

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Interested in applying but not sure how to start? Get tips from a former YTILI fellow, Anna Tóth! Anna shared her experience on the YTILI program through a Facebook live chat and gave tips on how to write an outstanding application. Watch the video on our Facebook page here.

Non-U.S. Government-Sponsored Exchange Programs

For further, non-U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs visit our Study in the United States page.