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Student Exchange Program

Opportunities in the United States

The U.S. Embassy in Malabo offers educational and cultural exchange programs to promote mutual understanding and broaden dialogue between U.S. citizens and Equato-Guineans.

Study in the United States

  • Have you graduated high school and looking for a university program to continue your studies? For a six-month exchange program? An undergraduate or graduate degree program? Consult with the U.S. Embassy’s Educational Advising Program.
  • Are you a mid-career professional who wants to study or participate in an internship in the United States? The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program may be for you

Short-term Special Programs

  • Are you a young non-elite athlete? Perhaps the Sports Visitor Program is for you!
  • Are you a mid-career professional hoping to meet U.S. counterparts? The International Visitor Leadership Program may be for you! The United States sends Equato-Guineans to the United States for a few weeks to meet with a variety of professionals related to a specific field.
  • Are you a mid-level professional with leadership potential in government, the private sector, or civil society? Perhaps the American Council of Young Political Leaders  program is for you!
  • Are you a post-graduate, mid-career foreign scholar, faculty member, practitioner, or secondary educator? Perhaps the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars is for you!
  • Are you an emerging women leader between 25 to 43? Perhaps the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership is for you!
  • Are you a writer? Perhaps the International Writing Program Fall Residency 10-week program is for you!

Have you participated in one of the Embassy’s exchange programs? Sign up at via the Alumni link below.

2024 Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP)

Deadline: January 18th, 2023

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Equatorial Guinea welcomes applications for the 2024 Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP). PAYLP is designed to provide secondary school youth (ages 15-18) and adult educators the opportunity to explore priority policy themes such as civic education, climate resiliency, conflict resolution, economic development, entrepreneurship, respect for diversity, women’s empowerment, and youth leadership development. Approximately 75 youth and adult participants from 49 countries in Africa will travel to the United States from April 06 – 27, 2024. The exchange program will be conducted in English, and will take place at various colleges, universities, and institutions through the United States.

Program Details: PAYLP is an intensive academic program offered by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)’s Youth Programs Division. The intensive virtual exchanges will be hosted by various United States colleges, universities, and institutions over the course of three weeks in April 2024. Participants will engage in workshops on leadership and service, community site visits related to the program themes and subthemes, interactive training in conflict resolution, presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, and with local American virtual host families. A key component of the program is for participants to develop follow-on projects in their home communities to bring about positive change after their return home.

The Department of State through Meridian International Center will cover all program costs, including round-trip international travel, alumni activities, lodging, stipends, in-country program related expenses (including domestic travel for visa interviews and/or pre-departure orientation), in-country lodging and expenses, and other program associated costs.

Candidate Description and Qualifications:

Youth participants should be high school students from all over Equatorial Guinea aged between 15 to 18 years at the start of the exchange who have demonstrated leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and engagement in extracurricular activities. Students with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.

Each exchange delegation will also include adult participants who are teachers, trainers or community leaders who work with youth. They will fill the roles of exchange participant, chaperone, and post-exchange mentor.

All Candidates should have sufficient proficiency in English to allow them to participate in an academic program.

A successful Student candidate for this program will:

  • be a high school student who is aged 15, 16, 17 or 18 years at the start of the exchange;
    • Spring program dates: approximately April 6-27, 2024;
  • be proficient in English;
  • be able to attend at least one additional semester of high school in their home country following completion of the program;
  • indicate a serious interest in learning more about the United States of America;
  • demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their home school or community;
  • have a high level of academic achievement, as indicated by academic grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
  • demonstrate a personal commitment to community service and record of engagement in extracurricular activities;
  • have had little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
  • be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive program, including community service and an active educational travel program during the exchange, as well as follow-on activities in their home country.

Adult candidates nominated for this program will:

  • be teachers, trainers, volunteers, or community leaders who work with youth;
  • be proficient in English;
  • have a commitment to remain in teaching positions or other positions of influence on young leaders after the program ends;
  • indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States of America;
  • demonstrate an interest in further developing professional skills;
  • be eager to work with the teenage participants and to assist them to become productive and responsible members of society;
  • exhibit maturity and open-mindedness; and
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive program, including community service and active educational travel program during the exchange, as well as to mentor youth in their follow-on activities in their home countries.

A complete application package will include the following:

Please submit your application and a reference form by e-mail. Send materials to MalaboPD@state.gov with your name and “2024 Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP)” in the subject line.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

For more information on the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program, e-mail MalaboPD@state.gov