English Access Microscholarship Program

Student from the Access Microschlarship Program, Mahasarakham visits the Great and Good Friends Exhibition on May 11, 2018
Student from the Access Microschlarship Program, Mahasarakham visits the Great and Good Friends Exhibition on May 11, 2018

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to bright, economically disadvantaged students, primarily aged 13 to 20, through after-school classes and intensive sessions in strategic locations worldwide. Access programs introduce students to U.S. culture and democratic values, improve their potential to fully contribute to the socio-economic development of their countries, and increase their ability to compete for and participate in U.S. exchange and study programs.

Since launching as a pilot in FY 2004, the Access Program has reached more than 150,000 students in over 80 countries in all regions of the world.  The Access Program is a high profile public diplomacy initiative that providers participating U.S. embassies an opportunity to demonstrate our country’s dedication to education and mutual understanding.