Important Update for Libyan Students in North America 
PhD. Period of Study

September 27th, 2013

Dear Libyan Students in North America,

As many of you know, the Ministry has issued a decree stating that the PhD duration of study for students in the United States and Canada has changed to 60 months, in addition to the 12 month ESL period.

This is good news, indeed, however please note that CBIE is not yet able to take any action on this decree, as there are still a number of specific details that require further clarification from the Ministry.

For example, based on our initial conversations with the Scholarship Department, we anticipate individual extension decrees will still be required before scholarship benefits can be extended. As well, we are seeking clarification on whether or not the additional time will be applied retroactively.

Once CBIE obtains further instructions from the Ministry, an official announcement will be sent to all students confirming the details of the decree.

We would like to assure you that this is a high priority for CBIE, as many PHD students in the United States and Canada have been waiting for their third PHD extensions.

Once again, your cooperation and patience are greatly appreciated during this time.

The Libyan-North American Scholarship Program