Call for Applications for the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute

Interested in learning about diplomacy, exploring global issues, community activism and American culture? Then you should apply for the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The fellowship takes place from the end of June to the end of July 2020 (exact dates will be communicated later), all costs will …

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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Fulbright Specialist Joanna Woronkowicz

Social scientist Joanna Woronkowicz was selected as a Fulbright Specialist to work with Zurich University of the Arts (ZhdK Zurich). We caught up with her to learn more about her experience in Zurich and with the program. What was your motivation to collaborate with ZhdK Zurich? I had a couple of motivations. First, I wanted …

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U.S. Embassy Bern Announces In-Person Advising Opportunities

U.S. Embassy Bern is proud to announce new in-person advising opportunities for students interested in study exchanges to the U.S. Our EducationUSA advisor will be at the BIZ Bern (Bremgartenstrasse 37, 3001 Bern) on the following dates: September 12, 10:00 – 12:00 October 3, 10:00 – 12:00 November 7, 10:00 – 12:00 December 5, 10:00 …

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Frederike Asael Participates in the Program “Entrepreneurship as the Engine of Prosperity and Stability”

This past spring, Frederike Asael, an entrepreneur and photographer from Switzerland, participated in the three-week IVLP program designed by the U.S. Department of State entitled “Entrepreneurship as the Engine of Prosperity and Stability.” The program aims to promote small business development, innovation, and entrepreneurial acumen as paths to socio-economic wellbeing and political stability. After Frederike’s …

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Benjamin Franklin Night at the Ambassador’s Residence

Last month we hosted a “Benjamin Franklin Night” at the Ambassador’s Residence! The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute (BFTF) is a 4-week program in the U.S. that aims to build links between Europeans and Americans. At the institute, participants discuss topics relating to transatlantic relations and diplomacy. There are a total of 10 U.S. …

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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Exchange Students from Massachusetts in Basel

When you experience a different culture through educational and cultural exchange you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and those around you—deepening your knowledge of foreign cultures and strengthening international relationships.  Leaving the familiar behind and plunging into the unknown shows a commitment to understanding other people and cultures; and a commitment to learning about …

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Swiss Politician and Entrepreneur Andri Silberschmidt Participates in an IVLP Exchange Program to the United States

This past winter, Andri Silberschmidt, a politician and entrepreneur from Switzerland, participated in a three-week IVLP exchange program designed by the U.S. Department of State.   Back in Bern, around a table of interested U.S. Embassy staff, Andri shared his experience: The IVLP program makes it possible to break down prejudices, make new friends, better …

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Meet Christian Hirsig, our April Exchange Alumni Member of the Month!

In June 2016, Christian Hirsig travelled to the United States as a participant in the Young Transatlantic Leaders Initiative (YTILI), where he visited Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco with other innovators from Europe. During a discussion at Google, he was inspired by two panelists, both of whom were European entrepreneurs. One started a catering …

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Enhancing Health Care for Immigrant and Refugee Populations

In collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Bern has developed a two-week exchange program on Enhancing Health Care for Immigrant and Refugee Populations. Five experts from the Swiss health sector participated in the program. The core topics of the exchange were migrant health, mental health, and health literacy. On 27 …

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IVLP Exchange Program HiddenNoMore to Support Women in Science and Technology

In October 2018, Marion Schleifer, a freelance software developer and community organizer from Switzerland, participated in the three-week IVLP exchange program  #HiddenNoMore  designed by the U.S. Department of State. The award-winning film Hidden Figures inspired viewers across the world as well as an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) that brought 50 women leaders who represent “hidden …

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Call for Applications for the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute

  Interested in learning about diplomacy, exploring global issues, community activism and American culture? Then you should apply for the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The fellowship takes place from June 29-July 27, 2019, all costs will be paid for. The application deadline is February 18, 2019. Last year’s participant …

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Ambassador McMullen, Jr. Celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Swiss Fulbright Alumni

On May 31, 2018, Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. welcomed Fulbright alumni to celebrate the Swiss Fulbright Alumni Association’s 10th anniversary at the official residence in Bern. Ambassador McMullen recognized Karl Safft, Thomas Heinis, Andrè Kudelski, and Martin Naville for their commitment to the Swiss Fulbright Alumni Association. The honorees and Fulbright alumni were joined …

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U.S. Fulbrighters in Switzerland Visit U.S. Embassy in Bern

The Embassy hosted U.S. Fulbright scholars in Bern last week.  The Americans are wrapping up their year of research in Switzerland as part of the Fulbright scholarship program.  The ten students arrived in the fall of 2017 and have been working in Basel, Zurich, Bern, Lausanne and Geneva doing research in the areas of IT, …

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Americans in Switzerland: Jessica Caldwell “Sometimes, I’m speaking in French and nobody knows that I’m speaking in French!”

Jessica Caldwell, a native Hoosier (colloquial tern for a resident of the State of Indiana) came to Switzerland in September of last year for a Master’s degree program at the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Fribourg which offers a broad array of programs with specialties in biology, physics, chemistry, chemical engineering and more.  She met with …

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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Devin Bayly

Devin Bayly came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. We caught up with him to learn more about his experience here and with the program. Hailing from Tucson, Arizona, Devin is a 26-year-old junior at the University of Arizona …

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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Dorai Raz

Dorai Raz came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  We caught up with her to learn more about her experience here and with the program. Dorai is a senior at University of California at Berkeley, where she transferred after …

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U.S. Embassy Bern Hosts American Swiss Foundation’s Young Leaders

On November 14th, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath had the pleasure of welcoming the American Swiss Foundation’s Young Leaders Conference during its annual visit throughout Switzerland.  The American Swiss Foundation is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1945 to preserve and strengthen the historic friendship between the United States and Switzerland.  The Swiss and U.S. …

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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Lindsey Depledge

Lindsey Depledge came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  We caught up with her to learn more about her experience here and with the program. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Lindsey is a junior at the University of California …

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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Ira Long

Ira came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  We caught up with him to learn more about his experience here and with the program. Ira is a junior at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, majoring in political science.  In …

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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Nangha Cuadros

Nangha came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. We caught up with her to learn more about her experience here and with the program. Nangha is a senior at the University of California, Davis, studying History and Political Science. …

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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Javier Chen

Javier came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. We caught up with him to learn more about his experience here and with the program. Javier is a U.S. Navy veteran and a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley. …

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Cultural and Education Attaché Meets with ConnectUS Students

What is the secret to business success? How do companies in Switzerland and the U.S. innovate and adapt to change? And how closely do Switzerland and the U.S. work together on economic issues? These are some of the questions that students of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland explore during the ConnectUS …

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YTILI Fellowship

Apply Now! The 2017 Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship Program application period opens on January 9, 2017 and closes on February 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm EST. Please review the YTILI Fellowship Program Overview & Selection Process document for a detailed description of the program, requirements and expectations, selection process and timeline. The 2017 YTILI Fellowship year will commence in …

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Call for Applications for the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute

The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Bern is pleased to announce the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Summer Institute for students from the age of 16 to 18. Applications are now being accepted for program participation. The four-week institute will address important issues such as youth engagement, democracy and civil society development, …

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Celebrating Diversity

Announcing Diversity Scholarship for a High School Exchange Year in the U.S. To celebrate the value of a diverse society, the U.S. Embassy is teaming with international exchange organization YFU, to offer the “Celebrating Diversity” scholarship, an award covering a portion of the costs of a study abroad year in the U.S. for Swiss students. …

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