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.



As of early March Covid-19 was declared a global pandemic and most countries began lockdown. The United States began lockdown by the end of March. Unfortunately lockdown began when classes were busy and were approaching to finals. Online classes went better than I thought it would be. I was frustrat…

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School During Pandemic

Posted on: 08 June 2020 BY: MDa

None of the students could have predicted how everything would shift after COVID-19 hit the country. To slow down the virus, schools must close their normal activity with a hope that this devastating moment will come to an end. Unlike schools back home, many colleges here in America have already set…

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Wish Me Luck for Spring Semester

Posted on: 04 April 2020 BY: EMoniz

I cannot believe that I have been in the United States for almost eight months; it feels like I just arrived yesterday. Anyway, I am in my second semester now, which in the United States, they call it “Spring Semester.” Before we talked about this semester, I would like to share a little bit of …

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It is getting real!

Posted on: 02 March 2020 BY: EAmaral

As a senior in college I am starting to worry or think about what I want to do with my degree after I graduate. I still have one more semester to go but it seems like it going to go fast and without I know it I will be graduating. It is just intimidating to think about applying for jobs and move in…

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It is been a while since writing my last blog. Nevertheless, this time I'm going to write about my experiences during the winter break when I was in New York City. First, I want to know what comes to your mind when you heard of New York? Well, I guess you are right! For me, I usually think of the St…

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Why Should You Travel

Posted on: 08 February 2020 BY: ADa

Ever since starting the Intensive English Program at my university, I try my best to travel every chance I get. The way I define traveling is educational and therapeutic. It is about continuously learning different cultures and just getting to see parts of the world some may only get to read about…

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Culture Shock “So, how’s America treating you so far? Do you like it to be here though? How do you feel?” Honestly, I have had trouble answering these questions. It was not that I did not know how, but I kept worrying that people would not understand my English when I respond, or w…

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Start of December students are faced with anxieties and nerves to face their finals however as finals are near, students also starts planning for their holidays. As international students, all the Timorese are traveling across the states and most are meeting with one another to avoid being alone and…

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