The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (also known as the Global UGRAD Program) provides one semester grants to outstanding undergraduate students from around the world for non-degree full-time study mixed with community service, professional development, and cultural enrichment.
Global UGRAD is administered by World Learning on behalf of U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
Over 70 diverse colleges and universities around the United States
Level/Field of study:
Non-degree full-time undergraduate programme in all academic fields of study
Number of Awards:
Approximately 250 students
Participating countries/locales include: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burma (Myanmar), 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, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, North Macedonia, Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza), Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.
Host institutions are expected to demonstrate significant cost share commitments. Examples include in-state tuition instead of out-of-state, housing waivers, significant tuition discounts or grants, and housing and fee reductions. The grant will cover one academic semester.
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is open to anyone who is/has:
- • over 18 years of age;
- • a citizen of a UGRAD participating country, currently residing in that country;
- • enrolled 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 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 2021 or January 2022 (selected participants may not defer to a later date);
- • eligible to receive and maintain the US 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.
Applications will open on 4 January 2021.
Apply through the U.S. Embassy (Public Affairs Section) or Fulbright Commission in your home country. Deadline is 28 February 2021.
It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.
Official Scholarship Website: https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/global-undergraduate-exchange-program-global-ugrad
World Learning Website: https://www.worldlearning.org/program/global-undergraduate-exchange-program/