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.



It is always fascinating for foreign students to study in a new country especially in a country like the United States where students have enormous opportunity to experience new values, wonderful outdoor adventures, cultural diversity and the best academic life. Although it sounds exciting, it is…

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It seems like time has been flying since I first got here at St. Michael's college. My freshman year is done and I am going to be a sophomore soon. Campus is so beautiful in summer and I am loving spending the time I get to spend in Vermont (The Green Mountain State). I spent my summer taking summer…

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Studying in The United States

Posted on: 14 July 2016 BY: VPereira

Study abroad is one of the most interesting things that an individual can enjoy in his/her life. Many people think that it is difficult to be away from family, friends, food, and so on. Obviously, it is challenging. However, this is an amazing chance for participants to explore a new place and share…

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My First Few Days Experiences in The United StatesWhen I arrived at St Micheal's College I thought things may be difficult for me, being both a new student and from a far away country. I thought it would be hard for me to adjust as I was going to be the oldest freshman studying Intern…

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When I was a child, I fell in love with America as soon as I looked at its flag. Because of this, I dreamed of visiting this wonderful place one day. When I graduated from my senior high school, I had worked with a local NGO (Empreza Diâ'ak) in Timor-Leste. I got a chance to meet with lots of inter…

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The Year of Transition

Posted on: 25 October 2015 BY: LDe

The first year was more of like a self-insertion to this new environment of the University of Minnesota and the state, and this year myself has been taken to a whole new level, academically and socially. Just a reminder, I was a transfer student to the University of Minnesota after my post-completio…

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Initial Steps to the Opened Gate

Posted on: 30 November -0001 BY: LDe

My summer started off with my graduation walk. It was a remarkable experience that I looked up most throughout my college career. Walking at Mariucci Arena (Gopher’s Hockey Home) surrounded by the enthusiasts of their children’s achievements I somehow felt propelled, even though, my family was n…

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Summer in Timor!

Posted on: 30 November -0001 BY: MLiu

After 2 straight years living abroad as student in Vermont U.S.A , coming home was the best gift ever. My parents organized a huge feast and invited our big family as a welcome home celebration. I was tired with jet lag but was so happy to see all my families faces. They were curious to hear about m…

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