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.



The 2021 USTL Online Application Deadline is Past
Thank you for your interest in the USTL Program. The 2021 application for the USTL Program was available until 11:59 PM (EST) on November 30, 2020. The application will be made available in the coming Spring.

An eligible candidate for the USTL Program:

  • Is a citizen, national, or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid passport issued by the government of Timor-Leste;
  • Has completed or is in the process of completing his/her final year of secondary school;
  • Agrees to submit a complete application with all required documents by the application deadline;
  • Is able to begin the USTL Program in the United States in August 2021;
  • Will be at least 18 years old when the program starts;
  • Is eligible for admission to a U.S. undergraduate degree program or will become eligible upon completion of an ESL program;
  • Is able to receive and maintain a J-1 visa;
  • Is committed to returning to his/her home country after completion of the program;
  • Is proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application;
  • and
  • Meets any additional requirements of the college or university where placement is being sought.

Individuals in the following circumstances are NOT eligible for the USTL Program:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States;
  • Employees of the U.S. Embassy and their immediate family members, for a period of one year following termination of such employment;
  • Persons arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime (excluding minor traffic violations);
  • Candidates with bachelor’s degrees, obtained either in Timor-Leste or abroad.