Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) 989 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The U.S. Department of State is inviting undergraduate students from around the world to apply for the 2019=2020 Global Undergraduate Exchange (UGRAD) Program, which provides for scholarships for undergraduates from under-represented, non-elite backgrounds, who have not had other opportunities to study in the U. S., o undertake 1 semester of non-degree full-time study in the U.S., combined with community service, professional development, and cultural enrichment. World Learning administers the Global UGRAD program, while IREX administers the Global UGRAD-Pakistan program.

This international educational and cultural exchange program brings future leaders to the U.S. to experience the U.S. educational system, enhance their knowledge and professional skills, and explore U.S. culture and values. It also empowers students to establish social networks with U.S. host institutions and local communities and to engage constructively in the civic life of their local and global communities.

All participants will be enrolled in full-time, non-degree, undergraduate course work chosen from their host institution’s existing curriculum. Participants will be required to take one, 3-credit U.S. studies course to enhance their understanding of the U. S. They will live in campus housing facilities with American peers, and will be required to participate in 20 hours of community service. There will also be a virtual arrival orientation and an in-person end-of-program workshop.


The scholarship covers international travel, tuition, room and board, accident/sickness insurance, a small monthly stipend, and funding for books.  A small number of students will also receive additional English language training in the US prior to the start of their academic program. Participants will live in university dormitories and will have the opportunity to participate in campus organizations and activities. All have to participate in volunteer community service activities and are encouraged to participate in professional development activities as part of the Global UGRAD Program.


Applicants have to be over 18 years of age, who are citizens of and residing in, the UGRAD participating countries of: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, and Zimbabwe.

They must be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate at any accredited university, public or private, having completed a minimum of their first semester of study. They must have at least 1 semester or an equivalent term to complete at their home institutions upon completion of the Global UGRAD Program. They must be proficient in written and spoken English. They should be individuals with leadership potential, as demonstrated by their academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.

Preference will be given to those who have had little or no experience in the U.S. or outside of their home countries. Candidates must be committed to returning directly to their home country after the completion of the program.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States are ineligible, as are individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of their home country.


Applications are to be done online by 31 December 2018.

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