If you are seeking scholarship opportunities that can aid you in pursuing your studies in the United state, then the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is the best solution for you.
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) is a scholarship program that is sponsored by the U.S Department of States to provide a one-semester scholarship opportunity to outstanding international students from around the world who intend to pursue a non-degree full-time study program combined with community service, professional development, and cultural enrichment in the United States.
This scholarship is awarded to approximately 250 students every year. Awardees will live on campus with American peers and are required to participate in 24 hours of community service.
This scholarship program was established to achieve the following;
- To empower international students to engage constructively in the civic life of their local and global community
- To enhance international students’ professional skills and academic knowledge in order to pursue long-term academic and career goals.
- It aims to facilitate opportunities for international students to establish social networks with U.S host institutions and local communities.
- To promote mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries.
Countries/Locales That Can Participate in the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program
- Burma (Myanmar)
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- North Macedonia
- Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza)
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
The eligibility criteria for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program include;
- Applicants must be over 18 years of age
- Applicants must be a citizen of a UGRAD participating country and currently residing in that country.
- Applicants must have completed secondary school education in their home country
- Applicants must have enrolled as an undergraduate in any accredited university, be it public or private, and has at least one semester remaining at their home university at the conclusion of the UGRAD program
- Applicant must have a solid command of written and spoken English.
- Applicants must be able to begin studies in the US when selected.
- Applicants must be eligible to receive and maintain the US student exchange Visa (J-1) required for the program.
- Applicants must be cleared by a physician in order to participate in the program
- Applicants must be committed to returning to their home country after the completion of the program.
How To Apply For The 2023-2024 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program
Before applying for the Global UGRAD program, make sure that you meet up with the above eligibility criteria.
Once you have confirmed that you are eligible, visit the official website and follow the appropriate procedures to apply