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Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Programs

Program Information

The application period for the 2014 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) is currently CLOSED.  

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is pleased to sponsor the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Programs (IYLEP), which will provide 250 Iraqi high school and undergraduate students with a unique educational exchange experience in the summer of 2014.  The IYLEP undergraduate and high school programs together have provided invaluable leadership and educational opportunities for approximately 1200 students since its creation in 2007.  These programs work to support the goals of the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement to enhance mutual understanding and strengthen the connections between the people of the United States and Iraq, and have created a cadre of young Iraqi leaders who are inspiring and impacting their communities. 

IYLEP – Undergraduate Program

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for undergraduate students, sponsored by the United States Government and administered by Meridian International Center, provides four weeks of fully-funded leadership training and classroom instruction to talented and dedicated students from Iraq.  The institutes, hosted at four universities throughout the United States, will focus on one of the relevant thematic topics: Information Technology and Media; Leadership, Law, and Social Justice; Entrepreneurship and Community Development; Public Policy; and Food Systems and Security.  Each institute will consist of classroom instruction, field trips, site visits, community service, leadership training, conflict resolution training, and cultural exchanges.

IYLEP – High School Program

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for high school students, sponsored by the United States Government and administered by World Learning, is a four-week youth leadership exchange based in the United States for Iraqi and American teenagers ages 15-17 and Iraqi adult mentors.  The program aims to develop a cadre of young adults in Iraq and the United States who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to community development, an awareness of current and global issues, strong interpersonal leadership skills, and a willingness to foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups in Iraq.