USTL provides full scholarships to outstanding students from Timor-Leste for two to four years of study at high-quality undergraduate degree institutions in the United States. Scholarship awards include full tuition toward either a bachelor’s degree or associate degree, travel, living stipends, medical insurance in the U.S., and visa costs. USTL is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State.



This fall 2021, I had an opportunity to become one of the facilitators for the First-Year Leadership Program (FyLP). I was once a FyLP graduate in my first semester and let me tell you, I was a nerve-wracked when speaking in front of a lot of people and the fact that I have to deliver my speech or e…

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Posted on: 11 February 2022 BY: VLay

Hi! My name is Vanessa and this is my first time being in America as a USTL student. My experience so far has been great and everyday feels like an adventure that is yet to be had. For example, the first time I arrived at the University of Minnesota I thought the campus was so big it’s hard to g…

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First of all, I would like to thank the USTL program for giving me this fantastic opportunity to study in the United States. I am studying Accounting at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI. This chance is surreal for me. I still pinch myself sometimes to make sure that I am no…

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Before coming here, I thought adjusting to the new environment would be very difficult, because it is a huge country where everyone is busy with their own responsibilities. I thought I would face the challenges all by myself, however, after arriving and getting to experience life here, particularly …

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My First Quarter at Whatcom

Posted on: 26 December 2021 BY: NMarques

As a student in the United States, having a friendship family has been one of the best experiences for me. I arrived at Whatcom Community College earlier where everyone was still on break. Since it was summer break, the dorm was barely quiet, and it was difficult to associate with people. As a resul…

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Senior Year Experience

Posted on: 21 December 2021 BY: AMAMBARES

Throughout the years, I have listened to friends and people reflect back on their senior year college experiences. They told me that senior is considered to be easy and more flexible than college sophomore and junior years. Well, I do not think so!!! My experience is the opposite. Being a senior s…

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First Experience in US

Posted on: 15 September 2021 BY: ASarmento

My first impression of the US and higher education are: I love the environment here, it is so fresh, green, and cold. America’s food here are so different than in my country. American people are so nice specially the elders, they are so welcoming me here. The first time I have been…

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During pre-covid19 period, holidays mean traveling and exploring the United States or going back home but during this winter holiday is a bit different, safety and health precautions must be considered. I am very blessed with amazing and wonderful friends who are always supporting me and accompany m…

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