FAQs

What is ISLP?
What is the difference between the Institutional TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and the Official TOEFL test?
If I cannot apply by this year's application deadline, is it possible to apply next year?
Is it possible to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) instead of the TOEFL?
How important is the selection of my intended field of study?
Who should I contact during the ISLP application process?
When should I be prepared to leave Iraq and travel to the U.S.? What about my passport?
Are dependents allowed on the Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program?
Can I travel internationally during my ISLP scholarship period?


Q: What is ISLP?

A: The Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program (ISLP) is a competitive scholarship program which provides select graduate (Master's or Doctoral) and current or prospective undergraduate students from Iraq with a fully-funded scholarship towards the completion of a degree at a college or university in the United States. Funded by a U.S. corporation and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the goal of the program is to provide the Iraqi scholarship recipients with the opportunity to pursue study at a U.S. college or university, develop new leadership and cultural skills, and to build closer ties between the people of the U.S. and the future leaders of Iraq.

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Q: What is the difference between the Institutional TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and the Official TOEFL test?

A: The Institutional TOEFL test or ITP (Institutional Testing Program) is often used as a practice test for the Official TOEFL exam and gives an approximate indication of English language ability. The Official TOEFL test is more precise at measuring language ability and U.S. universities require an official TOEFL test from every candidate before they can be considered for admission.

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Q: If I cannot apply by this year's application deadline, is it possible to apply next year?

A: The Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program (ISLP) is an annual scholarship program. We encourage applicants who are not able to complete the application requirements before the deadline to apply next year.

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Q: Is it possible to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) instead of the TOEFL?

A: Yes. While the TOEFL test exam scores are preferred, you may submit IELTS scores instead.

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Q: How important is the selection of my intended field of study?

A: The field of study you select and indicate on your application is the field of study you will pursue in the U.S. and cannot be changed. In turn, you should carefully select your intended field of study and also confer with U.S. university web sites to see how your proposed field of study is described and taught at U.S. graduate and undergraduate schools. It may be called a different name or be housed in a different department than you are used to within the educational system in Iraq.

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Q: Who should I contact during the ISLP application process?

A: The Institute of International Education (IIE) is your main contact during the application process and once you arrive in the U.S. You can contact the ISLP program via email at: islp@iie.org. If selected, IIE will work with U.S. colleges and Universities to obtain placement for you. You should not contact potential U.S. universities during the placement process.

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Q: When should I be prepared to leave Iraq and travel to the U.S.? What about my passport?

A: ISLP participants will travel to the U.S. in early June for an orientation session and pre-academic English language training. A pre-departure orientation will also be held in the region prior to departure to the United States. The ISLP program will arrange your travel and accommodations as well as provide you with any additional information regarding visa requirements.
Ideally, your passport should be valid six (6) months beyond the end date of your Master's degree program, which is usually two years in duration. At a minimum, your passport must be valid for at least 8 months beyond the intended date of travel.
Upon acceptance to the program, you must return a signed copy of the terms and conditions as well as copies of the first 3 pages of your passport. These pages should have your photograph, date of birth, place of birth and expiration date.

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Q: Are dependents allowed on the Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program?

A: No, dependents are not allowed on the Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program so it is imperative that you discuss this issue with your family and that you prepare yourself for this time away from Iraq.

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Q: Can I travel internationally during my ISLP scholarship period?

A: While travel within the United States is permitted, the ISLP program does not allow travel outside of the U.S. while participating in the program. Should an emergency arise, the ISLP staff will make every effort to accommodate your situation.

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