Institute on Religious Pluralism


WHAT:  This YSEALI Institute is a five-week intensive academic program to give undergraduate student leaders deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.

WHO:  Participants are highly motivated and exemplary undergraduate students.  All candidates must have a strong interest in religious pluralism but can come from any field of study.

INSTITUTE DESCRIPTION: The YSEALI Institute on Religious Pluralism will explore U.S. history, society, and institutions within the context of religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue. Topics will include early religious traditions in the United States; the separation of church and state; immigration and the introduction of new religions; protection and representation of minority groups; and interfaith dialogue. Participants will meet with U.S. community leaders of different faiths who advocate for collaboration and tolerance among religions.  The Institute will include academic coursework, educational travel, site visits, and volunteer opportunities.


An applicant must:

  • have a strong interest in religious pluralism and represent diverse ethnic and religious groups;
  • be fluent in English and between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • have at least one semester remaining in university;
  • be prepared to experience different cultures and willing to share the experience with peers upon return:
  • demonstrate strong leadership qualities and commitment to community;
  • have little or no prior study or travel to the United States;


A complete application includes:

1. Completed, signed application form

2. A personal essay

3. University first year transcripts

4. Two letters of recommendation

Application submission period is OVER.  Please check back again in October.

For more information, please contact us at Cultural Affairs Unit, Public Affairs Section, American Embassy, 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, Yangon, Ph:  7536509/7505113 Ext: 4371, email:

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