EducationUSA offers a MOOC on Applying to US Universities


A MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is an online course designed for wide participation and open access via the internet. MOOCs are good resources for distance education. Many US universities provide MOOCs to attract students to their university and makes education possible for everyone around the world. Some MOOCs provide official certificates, some can be used for college credit, some are for a fee, and there are many MOOCs that are free of charge.



Due to many requests from students interested in distance education, EducationUSA Azerbaijan facilitated a MOOC provided by the University of Pennsylvania – “Applying to US Universities” at US-Azerbaijan Education Center. This MOOC gave an opportunity to Azerbaijani students to experience the American education system. This 5 week long MOOC included various videos where Erick Hyde, the University Connections Counseling Specialist, talked about the admission and evaluation process, academic qualifications, how to research US universities, understanding deadlines, application forms and other required documents. Each session was followed by a discussion and the EducationUSA Adviser shared practical experience about the application process. Additionally, information on scholarships that are available for Azerbaijani students was also provided. This MOOC has helped students interested in studying in the US, decide which university is right for them.


      Competitive College Club

        American Councils Azerbaijan office has been successfully holding Competitive College Club (CCC) which is an intensive group advising program assisting 20 high school and undergraduate students who want to be strong applicants for colleges and universities in the US. The students were selected based on good or excellent English language skills and strong desire to study in the United States.

          CCC has started in June 2015 and includes two mandatory weekly sessions. Selected students regularly attend TOEFL lessons, additional skills trainings, CCC Book Club and EducationUSA presentations.

            Current group of CCC will continue to have sessions till January 2016. At the end of the program participants completing all sessions successfully will get a Certificate of Completion signed by the US Embassy and EducationUSA Adviser.

              Welcome our new FLEX Alumni Coordinator!

                We started August 2015 with welcoming our new FLEX Alumni Coordinator Fatima Huseynli’13 who is taking over Gunay Karimova’12 duties. Fatima Huseynli is a 2012-2013 alumna, lived in Norfolk, VA for her exchange year. She is looking forward to work with our enthusiastic FLEX alumni to bring new ideas to the FLEX alumni community to make our FLEX family more united and more active.

                MOOC by EducationUSA Azerbaijan


                  FLEX Alumni Coordinator

                  FLEX Alumni Coordinator Job Description

                    The Alumni Coordinator works with American Councils FLEX staff to coordinate and report on FLEX alumni activities in the country. The Alumni Coordinator is supervised by the Country Director. The Alumni Coordinator will report to their immediate supervisor and to the FLEX Alumni Office.

                      The FLEX Alumni program aims to encourage alumni involvement in community service, and participation events; English language and American studies activities; and professional and personal development activities. Activities planned by and for the alumni and community should include all of these types of events.

                        DUTIES INCLUDE:

                          • Write and submit to immediate supervisor and the FLEX Alumni program a narrative report on alumni activities, alumni successes, and upcoming events monthly;
                          • Prepare and submit a financial report requesting project funding to immediate supervisor and the FLEX Alumni Program monthly;
                          • Provide coordination and encouragement to alumni as they plan and hold alumni activities or projects;
                          • Work with alumni to develop proposals and budgets for alumni projects with coaching from immediate supervisor and the FLEX Alumni program;
                          • Organize monthly alumni meetings;
                          • Work with supervisor to develop the annual activities calendar, based on alumni interests;
                          • Maintain communication and interaction with the entire FLEX Alumni population on ongoing basis by maintaining and updating the online alumni database and sharing frequent updates, announcements and other information through targeted contact with FLEX alumni;
                          • Actively gather information about alumni successes for the monthly report as well as promote awareness of FLEX alumni activities and accomplishments through timely reports to the Country Director and U.S. Embassy, updates and posts on relevant websites ( and social media services (American Councils and FLEX Alumni Azerbaijan Facebook Page) and other publications;
                          • Representation of the FLEX alumni community at meetings and fairs;
                          • Promote and facilitate employment and career development opportunities for FLEX alumni.
                          • Liaison with the US. Embassy, US Educated Alumni Association (AAA), local and international NGOs, schools and other relevant organizations;
                          • Encourage alumni to contribute to The Bradley Herald, and promoting the program’s website;
                          • Promote and assist with projects organized by the FLEX Alumni program including grants, contents, workshops, and opportunities for alumni
                          • Other duties as assigned.

                            EMPLOYMENT PERIOD AND CONDITIONS:

                              • Initial appointment for up to one year, beginning no later than August 1, 2015;
                              • Flexible part-time position, 15 hours per week. No vacation or sick time is accrued;
                              • Readiness to participate in the Alumni Coordinators Training Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia (August 27-30);
                              • Honorarium from $ 300/month


                                  • Successful participation in the FLEX program;
                                  • All Alumni Coordinators must pass a review of their on-program exchange experience;
                                  • Enrolled in undergraduate school;
                                  • Enthusiasm and talent for organizing events;
                                  • Previous active participation and involvement in alumni activities
                                  • Strong communication and presentation skills
                                  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and Azerbaijani
                                  • Demonstrated leadership ability and experience
                                  • Commitment to community service
                                  • Proficient at MS Office suite

                                    Employment Status: Part-time
                                    Reports to: Country Director
                                    Salary: $ 300
                                    Start Date: August 1, 2015
                                    Application Deadline: July 12, 2015

                                      The online application can be downloaded here, it must be completed and submitted to and along with your resume by July 12, 2015. Please indicate the position title in the subject line when sending your completed application package.

                                        Interviews will take place on July 22, 2015.

                                          Please note that the selected candidate will participate in a three day international training for FLEX Alumni Coordinators in Tbilisi, Georgia on August 27-30.



                                            CARNEGIE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

                                              RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN THE UNITED STATES
                                              FOR SCHOLARS IN THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

                                                A Program of the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER)
                                                In conjunction with the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
                                                Supported by a Grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York

                                                  PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

                                                    The National Council for Eurasian and East European Research is pleased to announce the competition for the Carnegie Research Fellowship Program in the United States for the 2015-2016 academic year. Scholars of the humanities and social sciences from eligible regions may apply for individual, non-degree research opportunities at universities and institutes in the United States. This competition selects university faculty, researchers, advanced graduate students, and scholars in the social sciences and humanities from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. All fellows will conduct research on specific topics in the social sciences and humanities, write a 15 to 30 page academic paper upon the fellow’s return home, and deliver lectures with the goal of contributing to the further development of higher education and scholarship in their regions. The Carnegie Research Fellowship Program (CRFP) is administered by the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) in collaboration with the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS (American Councils). Participants in the CRFP will conduct research in the United States for four months.

                                                      Participants in the CRFP will receive the following: 1) round-trip airfare from their home cities to their host universities in the United States; 2) a pre-departure orientation, and an orientation program in Washington D.C.; 3) a monthly stipend; 4) health insurance; and 5) access to libraries and archives, and alumni activities.

                                                        DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS:documents should reach the office by 5 p.m. on April 30, 2015

                                                          2015 Carnegie Application Form
                                                          2015 Carnegie Application Guidelines

                                                          Details can be obtained from:

                                                            Alexey Kharlamov
                                                            Senior Program Officer/Western NIS and South Caucasus
                                                            National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER)
                                                            American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS)/
                                                            Georgia Office
                                                            35a Chavchavadze Avenue
                                                            Tbilisi Georgia 0162
                                                            Tel: +995 32 229 21 06
                                                            Fax: +995 32 225 21 07

                                                            Alumni Fair

                                                              organized by US Embassy and American Councils/EducationUSA

                                                                You are welcome to participate in “Alumni Fair” to learn more about prestigious US Universities directly from the US alumni and US Embassy staff. Over 20 US Universities will be represented by alumni. Information on education system, admission criteria, degree programs and financial aid opportunities will be provided to students at this fair.
                                                                To register online, go to:

                                                                  Fair Date: 14 March, Saturday
                                                                  Fair Time: 15:00-17:00
                                                                  Location: American Center
                                                                  60, Rashid Beybudov str.
                                                                  University of Languages, 2nd floor

                                                                    For additional information, please, contact:
                                                                    American Councils/ EducationUSA
                                                                    Phone: (+994 12) 436-75-29; (+994 12) 448-28-45

                                                                    Alumni Fair