Questions About the Program

How does DYLEP work?

DYLEP is a virtual exchange program, which means that during the program, Iraqi and American youth connect using online platforms. Program activities include videos, webinars, discussion forums, and group calls. There is no travel involved.

What is the difference between IYLEP and DYLEP?

IYLEP is an in-person exchange program where activities happen across the United States. DYLEP is a virtual exchange program where activities happen online!

Who participates in DYLEP?

DYLEP participants come from all over the world. Our participants and facilitators since 2016 have come from Iraq, the United States, Germany, and Jordan. They are from 14 of the 18 Iraqi provinces, 25 U.S. states and territories, speak 19 different languages, and care deeply about a variety of global issues.

How many hours can I expect to spend on DYLEP during the summer?

If selected, you will spend about 2-4 hours on DYLEP each week over the course of the program.

Questions About Eligibility

I applied to IYLEP. Can I also apply to DYLEP?

Yes. You can apply to DYLEP even if you applied to IYLEP. However, if selected for both programs, you will have to choose only one to participate in since the two programs happen at the same time.

I am an Iraqi IYLEP alumnus. Can I apply for DYLEP?

Unfortunately, no. If you are an Iraqi IYLEP alumnus, then it means that you have participated in a government-funded exchange program, which means that you are not eligible for DYLEP.

I am currently a sixth year student in Iraq. Can I apply for DYLEP?

Yes, if you meet all the other requirements, then you may apply for DYLEP.

I am an Iraqi citizen but I do not live in Iraq. Can I apply?

Yes. You can be an Iraqi citizen who lives outside of Iraq to be eligible for DYLEP.

I am not American citizen but I live in the United States. Can I apply?

Yes. If you live in the United States, you are eigible for DYLEP.

Should I apply?

Do you care deeply about making positive change in the world? Are you excited to learn new perspectives and cultures from people around the world? If so, yes!

Since DYLEP is an online program and does not involve any travel, students can participate from anywhere and structure the work around their own schedules. We also encourage students of all abilities and backgrounds to apply.