Global Undergraduate Exchange Program 2019 in USA (Global UGRAD)

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) brings future leaders to the U.S. to experience the U.S. educational system, share their culture, and explore U.S. culture and values.

Global UGRAD is administered by World Learning on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Eligible Countries:

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, Zimbabwe

Scholarship Country:

United States


Scholarship Award:

  1. UGRAD is fully funded
  2. To promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries.
  3. Provide a fulfilling exchange experience to drive academic, cross-cultural, and leadership competencies for students from Global UGRAD countries.
  4. Enhance students’ academic knowledge and professional skills needed to pursue long-term academic and career goals.
  5. Cultivate students’ comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the U.S.
  6. Facilitate opportunities for students to establish social networks with U.S. host institutions and local communities.
  7. Empower students to engage constructively in the civic life of their local and global communities.

Eligiblity Criteria:

  1. Candidate should be over 18 years of age;
  2. Candidate should be a citizen of a UGRAD participating country, 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. Candidate must have completed secondary education in their home country;
  5. Candidate participating should have a solid command of written and spoken English (English Language training for some finalists is possible);
  6. Candidate participating should be able to begin studies in the United States in August 2019 or January 2020 (selected participants may not defer to a later date);
  7. Candidate participating should be 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.


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How to Apply:

The application is online through World Learning website.

  1. Log into World Learning website
  2. Make sure that you are eligible by answering some questions on the website
  3. Create a profile and start your application


The deadline to Application is December 31, 2018

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