How To Apply For Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)
Application is currently ongoing for the 2017 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD).
Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) is sponsored by
the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs (ECA). This international educational and cultural exchange
program brings future leaders to the United States to experience the
U.S. educational system, enhance their knowledge, and explore U.S.
culture and values. It also affords students the opportunity to share
their cultures and traditions with people in the United States. Global
UGRAD is administered by World Learning on behalf of ECA.
UGRAD is a substantive exchange program designed to expose students to
the U.S. educational system, society, and culture. Finalists represent
diverse disciplines, from architecture to engineering,
biochemistry, literature, and education. A small number of students
will also receive additional English language training in the U.S. prior
to the start of their academic program. Students will live in
university residence halls and will have the opportunity to participate
in campus organizations and activities.
December 31, 2016 5PM EST
Value of Scholarship
UGRAD will provide a select group of approximately 250 students with
scholarships for one academic semester of undergraduate, non-degree
study in the United States. The scholarship will cover international
travel, tuition, room and board, accident/sickness insurance, a small
monthly stipend, and funding for books.
UGRAD is open to all academic fields of study and does not discriminate
on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion,
ethnicity, or disability. This program is highly
competitive and merit based. Finalists will be selected on the basis of
academic excellence, leadership potential, and their preparedness for
study in the United States.
The Global UGRAD Program is open to anyone who is/has:
- over 18 years of age;
- a citizen of a Global UGRAD participating country, currently residing in that country;
as an undergraduate in good standing at any accredited university,
public or private, and has at least one semester remaining at their home
university at the conclusion of the Global UGRAD program;
- completed secondary education in their home country;
- a solid command of written and spoken English (English Language training for some finalists is possible);
- able to begin studies in the United States in August 2017 or January 2018 (selected participants may not defer to a later date);
- eligible to receive and maintain the U.S. student exchange visa (J-1) required for the program;
- cleared by a physician to participate in the program;
- committed to returning to their home country after the completion of the program.
Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for the Global UGRAD Program:
- U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
- Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of their home country;
employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department
of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID);
employees are also ineligible for one year following the termination of
- Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children)
of U.S. Department of State and USAID employees; family members are
also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
- Current World Learning employees and their immediate family members.