Global Undergraduate Exchange Program[US] 2023/24


Through the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD), a group of diverse emerging student leaders is offered a scholarship for a semester of non-degree study at an assigned U.S. College or University. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is intended to recruit participants from underrepresented backgrounds who have not had other opportunities to study in the United States. Successful applicants can expect in-depth exposure to American society, culture, and academic institutions, as well as opportunities to enhance their professional skills. All fields of academic study are eligible.* In compliance with J-1 visa requirements, for students in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, or other clinical fields of study, direct patient care, including animal care, is not permitted and, therefore, academic coursework and/or program activities at participating U.S. institutions may be limited.)

Attendees will be placed at a U.S. university in either the Fall 2023 semester (August-December 2023) or the Spring 2024 semester (January-May 2024). The scholarship includes international transportation, tuition, room and board, medical insurance, required books, and a modest monthly stipend. All participants will be enrolled full-time, non-degree, in selected undergraduate coursework from their host institution’s existing curriculum. Students must register for at least two courses in their TOP academic subject and at least one course in an area of American Studies, such as U.S. history, literature, art, or government. Students are required to participate in a minimum of twenty hours of community service during the program. Participants in the Global UGRAD program will live in on-campus housing with their American counterparts. The program will consist of a pre-departure orientation at Post, a virtual orientation upon arrival, and an in-person symposium in Washington, DC.

For application details and instructions, and to apply, visit the Global UGRAD online application.

Eligibility for the Global UGRAD Program:

  1. 1 All applicants must be citizens of the country in which they are applying for the Global UGRAD Program.
    in which they are applying for the Global UGRAD Program,
    currently residing in that country.
  2. 1 You should be studying in the country in which you are applying for the Global UGRAD Program.
  3. 1 Must be studying in the country in which they are applying for the Global          UGRAD Program.
  4. 1 The applicants must be enrolled full-time in an institution of higher learning.
    full-time, in good standing, at an accredited university.
  5.  1Participants must have completed at least one semester or equivalent period
    at their home university by the end of the Global UGRAD Program.
  6. 1 Candidates must demonstrate leadership potential through their academic-      work, community, and extracurricular activities.
  7. 1 The applicants must have a strong command of written and spoken English.
    and spoken English.
  8. 1 The preference will be for those who have had little or no experience in the         U.S. or outside their home country.
  9. 1 Candidate must return directly to their home country at the end of the program.
  10. 1 The applicants should be over 18 years of age.
  11. 1 Applicant with disabilities are encouraged to apply. ( )

Individuals in the following situations are not eligible for the Global UGRAD Program:

  1. 1 U.S. citizen and United States permanent resident.
  2. 1 Individual who is currently studying, residing, or working outside their home country.
  3. 1 Local employee of U.S. overseas missions who works for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
  4. 1 U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); Employees are additionally ineligible for one year after termination of employment.
  5. 1 The immediate family members (i.e., spouses and children) of U.S. State Department and USAID Corporation employees; family members are also ineligible for one year after termination of employment.

Before You Begin / Helpful Hints :

  • Potential participants should request their academic transcripts and letters of recommendation as soon as possible, as they will not be able to add any additional information after the December 15, 2022 deadline. Prospective applicants may provide English translations of their updated transcripts once they have been selected as a finalist or alternate.
  • Student Recommendation Guidelines. (PDF 400 KB)
  • Be patient and persistent! It will require over two hours to submit a quality proposal.

For more information, please email [email protected]