Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)

Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)

Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)

Also known as the Global UGRAD Program, the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program provides one semester scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from all over the world for non-degree full-time study combined with community work, career advancement, and cultural enrichment.

The Global UGRAD program is administered by World Learning on behalf of U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

Host Institution(s):

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:
250 students

Scholarship Inclusions/Duration:
Host institutions are expected to demonstrate substantial cost share commitments. Examples include in-state tuition instead of out-of-state, housing waivers, significant tuition discounts or scholarships, and housing and fee discounts.

The scholarship will cover one academic semester (a single semester).

Scholarship Eligibility:

  1. Over 18 years of age
  2. A citizen of a UGRAD participating country (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), currently residing in that country
  3. 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
  4. Completed secondary education in their home country
  5. A solid command of written and spoken English (English Language training for some finalists is possible)
  6. Able to begin studies in the United States in August 2021 or January 2022 (selected participants may not defer to a later date)
  7. Eligible to receive and maintain the US student exchange visa (J-1) required for the program
  8. Cleared by a physician to participate in the program
  9. Committed to returning to their home country after the completion of the program.

Application Instructions:
Applications will open on 4 January 2021.

Apply through the U.S. Embassy (Public Affairs Section) or Fulbright Commission in your home country.

Application Deadline: 28 Feb 2021. Course starts Aug 2021

Visit the official website to access the application form and for more information on how to apply for this scholarship.


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