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United States Student Achievers Program (USAP)

Application Instructions

Program Overview
The Moscow US Education Information Center's United States Student Achievers Program (USAP) is open to any Russian citizen who is interested in studying in the United States at the undergraduate or graduate level. Winners of the awards will participate in a program that provides individualized counseling on issues including choosing a university, applying, and securing financial aid. In addition, they will have the opportunity to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and to take either the SAT (for undergraduate study) or the GRE (for graduate study) free of charge. Participation in this program does not guarantee acceptance to US colleges and universities or award of financial aid to participants.

Although we do not limit the program geographically, students must be able to reach our office in Moscow on a regular basis for full participation in the program and to take the appropriate tests in Moscow. We cannot provide funding for travel or accommodations. Participants will have regular meetings with EIC advisors in the summer and fall of 2004 in preparation for application to universities in the fall of 2004 (for the 2005-2006 academic year).

IREX will pay the registration fee for exams directly; no cash will be awarded. Only award winners will be notified of their status. Others may call the EIC to confirm receipt of their application. IREX reserves the right to verify all information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid, and the applicant ineligible. IREX does not discriminate against grant applicants because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or any other protected characteristic as established by US law. Current IREX employees and consultants and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings) are not eligible to compete in any IREX-administered grant programs, either as individuals or as the responsible party representing an institutional applicant.

Selection Process
Applications should be completed in English. One paper copy of your complete application should be received by the Moscow EIC by April 23, 2004. Faxed, e-mailed or late applications will not be considered. A complete application should include:
• Completed application form
• Copies of school or university diploma (as appropriate)
• Copies of school or university transcripts (attachment to Attestat/Diploma or copy of zachetnaya knizhka)
• Copies of academic awards and honors
• Answers to essay questions, or a personal statement (as detailed in the application)

Interviews. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview with an expert panel.

Practice TOEFL. Qualified applicants will demonstrate their knowledge of English by taking a practice TOEFL test.

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