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Afghanistan University Student Exchange Program (AUSEP)


This website will connect you with the applications for the Afghanistan University Student Exchange Program:

  • Application for Young English Teachers in Afghanistan
  • Application for Afghan University Affiliated Leader

To begin, read the eligibility criteria below, then create an account or login.

About the AUSEP program

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan and American Councils for International Education announce an open competition for pre-service English teachers to take part in the Afghanistan University Student Exchange Program (AUSEP). The overall goals of AUSEP are to improve the quality of English language instruction in Afghanistan. Participants will be part of a professional development training in Uzbekistan and lead English language activities in their home communities, upon return to Afghanistan.

Two applications are available: (expand for descriptions):

Application for Young English Teachers in Afghanistan

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants selected must be willing to participate in all aspects of the program activities, both in Uzbekistan and in Afghanistan. Competition for the AUSEP program is merit-based and open to students from all parts of Afghanistan, male and female. To be eligible, an person must be:

  • A citizen of Afghanistan, is currently living in Afghanistan who holds a government-issued Tazkera (National Identification Card);
  • Currently a full-time, third-year university student enrolled in a teacher preparation or English language faculty at an Afghanistan public university, or institute of higher education;
  • Committed to returning to Afghanistan and sharing knowledge and skills learned through the program with other teachers of English;
  • Able to travel to Uzbekistan and stay five weeks independent of any family members;
  • Capable of demonstrating high performance on English assessments to be conducted by American Councils;
  • Able to fully commit to all the program's major activities as described;
  • Able to commit to completion of current studies;
  • Free of any conflict of interest: immediate family members of American Councils staff, or of staff engaged as subrecipients are ineligible; and
  • Able to submit a complete application package (please see Application Checklist).

Note on commitment to current studies: At the application stage, applicants must agree to independently prepare for the university lessons they will miss while on the 5-week program, if selected. One to two months prior to departure for training in Uzbekistan, selected finalists will sign an official letter accepting responsibility for the time and lesson(s) missed. It is the responsibility of the selected finalists to coordinate with, and receive lesson-plans from, his/her university instructors. Selected participants will create a study plan to catch up with their university lessons and will be able to seek support from trainers and staff).

Application for Afghan University Affiliated Leader

Position Description

The AUSEP university affiliated leaders will function as liaisons/chaperons and mentors for 25 Afghan students participating in each Cohort of training, with two Cohorts each year, approximately. They will model good behavior for the participants by productively collaborating with all training participants, the American and Afghan trainers, and each other, and by setting clear expectations about program rules and participant behavior. The faculty affiliated leaders will ensure that the participants attend all program activities. They will also be engaged with the students in out of classroom and extracurricular activities. The faculty affiliated leaders will support monitoring and evaluation endeavors and participate in activities such as administering various student surveys and tests, interviewing students, translating as needed, and possibly facilitating training sessions, as requested by the trainers. They will help the students to resolve cross-cultural and logistical problems and make wise decisions during the program. They will also work to ensure the well-being and safety of participants during the program.

More information about the core 2021 AUSEP can be found here


  • Currently employed in the English Department of one of the 28 institutions participating
  • Eligible for an Uzbek visa that will be obtained by American Councils
  • Able to travel to and from Uzbekistan with the Cohort they will accompany
  • Able to stay five weeks in Uzbekistan with their Cohort independent of family and participate in all program activities
  • Able to provide written permission from their institution to be away for the full program
  • Committed to returning to Afghanistan and sharing knowledge and skills learned in the program
  • Able to travel to observe and evaluate post-Tashkent program activities in up to 3 locations in Afghanistan
  • A citizen of Afghanistan who holds a valid, government-issued Tazkera (National Identification Card)
  • Presentation of a TOEFL or IELTS score is desirable


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