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.

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This month American people begin to vote, and give their voice to each of their leaders. There is much flexibility every citizen can choose when it comes to participate in Election Day. In this time people can either need to vote in-person at an official polling place or by casting an absentee ballot. It is always great to get to know the process and the result, and of course it’s also an opportunity for students like me to learn societies’ participation when it comes to voting. Let me tell you about other interesting things too! October is also a spooky month or Halloween. This time is a bit different because normally people will gather around in an event and wear many weird costumes. I love this specific cultural event as people have many fascinating ideas to wear, you can see the costume from the scary one to the cutest one (Picture below is our apartment door decoration I've made). What I learn from this particular cultural practice is that they try to make death into a known quantity, something to be accepted, even embraced, rather than feared.
Despite the fact that I am here at college to gather many values and knowledge, part of me at the same time is thinking about how to upgrade more of my personal and professional skills. International students can assign themselves in a project program, conference or club offer from the campus if they want to fulfill their interpersonal abilities. You probably think; we are currently in a pandemic! How can I still gain such things while social interaction seems to occur less between students, professors and community? Actually, school institutions have many online activities. I was involved in our online school fall conference a week ago, and I truly admire people’s dedication in putting their time together. I can still meet new people, sharing our thoughts in regards to what is best, and need to address here in our school. So basically, don’t let any inconvenient situation become a hindrance for us to explore, get connected, and develop whatever skills we want to improve.