University of Wyoming Offers Reduced Tuition to Tunisian Students

January 10, 2012
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Gordon Gray, the U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia, visits with Todd Jolley of Worland, a University of Wyoming junior in secondary education, during Gray's visit to Wyoming last fall. The visit resulted in a new scholarship for Tunisian students to attend UW at reduced cost. (UW Photo)

Beginning in fall of 2012, the University of Wyoming will offer up to five Tunisian undergraduate students in-state tuition for the term of their degree program, not to exceed five years.

UW's new Tunisian Student Program is a result of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Tunisia last March, when then-Prime Minister Caid Essebsi requested a U.S. degree program for Tunisian students at reduced costs. The state of Wyoming and The Republic of Tunisia jointly developed the program as part of their collaboration via the United States National Guard State Partnership Program.  Wyoming and Tunisia have participated in this program since 2004.

The program was developed following U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Gordon Gray's visit to Wyoming in September to revitalize ties between the state and Tunisia. Ambassador Gray visited in Cheyenne with Gov. Matt Mead and members of the Wyoming Legislature. He also met with several UW faculty and administrators on campus.

Ambassador Gray discussed with UW the possibility of helping the United States follow-up on the new Tunisian government's proposal for the U.S. to assist in providing greater access to higher education for students from Tunisia.

Interested students should apply through AMIDEAST by Feb. 27. UW application information for international students is available at

Program participants may also compete for privately funded scholarship opportunities in the United States. More information about the costs of attendance along with privately-funded scholarship opportunities is available at

For more information, contact UW International Programs Director Anne Alexander at (307) 766-3678, email

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