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Dominican Presidential Scholarship Program

Watch MESCyT's website for the announcement as well as information regarding the scholarship programs they offer. We would love to have you apply to USU under this program. Below there is a list of the process for applying for the program. Please contact us at with any further questions.

How to Apply for the Dominican Presidential Scholarship Program

1st Step (Apply with MESCyT)

  • The announcement for the scholarship program is usually published in the Dominican newspapers and  MESCyT’s website in February or March
    • Applicants should review the university website to help them select the program that best fits their interests
    • Candidates must complete the online application as well as submit the physical official documents (not copies) required to MESCyT by the scholarship announcement deadline
      •  Undergraduate applicants:
        • Transcripts for high school education
        • High school diploma
        • Transcripts for all university/ higher education
        • Other documents required by MESCyT 
      • Graduate applicants:
        • Diplomas for all higher education work
        • Transcripts for all university/ higher education

2nd Step (Testing)

  • Testing dates will be published in the announcement
  • English proficiency test (undergraduates and graduate applicants)
    • Students may also provide evidence of English proficiency from other sources accepted by USU
      • Undergraduates: 71 on the iBT TOEFL or a 6.0 Overall (Overall Band Score) on the IELTS with a minimum of 5.0 on each subscale (Individual Bands)
      • Graduates: 79 on the iBT TOEFL, or a score of 6.0 on the IELTS, or a score of 53 on the PTE Academic
  • Math proficiency test (undergraduate applicants only)

3rd Step (Candidates selected)

MESCyT then pre-selects candidates to apply directly to USU

  • All graduate students must take the GRE
    • See more information at
    • This is a comprehensive exam that requires weeks of preparation. Students should begin to prepare for this exam immediately, using study guides offered through various publications (e.g. Kaplan) and resources in the Dominican Republic (e.g. EducationUSA whose office is located in El Instituto Dominico-Americano)
  • If accepted, USU works with MESCyT to determine scholarship recipients and to provide legal documents for students to request J1 visa