The 2019-2020 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)

The 2019-2020 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) – Call for Applications

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) provides a diverse group of emerging student leaders with a scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study at a U.S. college or university. The program is sponsored by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and aims to recruit participants from underrepresented, non-elite backgrounds, who have not had other opportunities to study in the United States. Successful applicants can expect an in-depth exposure to U.S. society, culture, and academic institutions, as well as opportunities to enhance their professional skills.

All participants will be enrolled in full-time, non-degree, undergraduate course work chosen from their host institution’s existing curriculum. Participants will be required to take one, 3-credit U.S. studies course to enhance their understanding of the United States. Participants will live in campus housing facilities with American peers, and will be required to participate in twenty hours of community service. There will also be a virtual arrival orientation and an in-person end-of-program workshop.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Global UGRAD Program will be open from November 1, 2018 until 5:00pm on December 31, 2018 via a central application system managed by World Learning. For application information and instructions, please visit Global UGRAD online application

Program Eligibility

Global UGRAD is open to all academic fields of study and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or disability. All academic fields of study are eligible. Per J-1 visa regulations, interested applicants in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacology or other clinical fields of study should be made aware that 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.

The Global UGRAD Program is open to anyone who is/has:

  • over 18 years of age by the start of their program;
  • a citizen of a Global UGRAD participating country-Kosovo, 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 Global UGRAD program;
  • has a solid command of written and spoken English (English Language training for some finalists is possible);
  • able to begin studies in the U.S. in August 2019 or January 2020 (selected participants may not defer to a later date);
  • eligible to receive and maintain the U.S. 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.

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

  • S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S.;
  • Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of their home country;
  • Anyone who has already graduated from university
  • Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); employees are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
  • Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children) of U.S. Department of State and USAID employees; family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
  • Current World Learning employees and their immediate family members

Application Package: A full and complete Global UGRAD student application package includes the following documents: completed application form, copy of passport bio page, academic transcripts for years of university study (with English translations), two letters of reference (with English translations), and grade equivalence between local grading system and U.S. grading system.

On-line advertising materials for the Global UGRAD Program:

For additional information, and to complete the online application please visit the related links:

World Learning’s Global UGRAD website, Interactive Graphic, and Global UGRAD Facebook page

For additional information please contact:
Remzije Potoku
Cultural Affairs Assistant – Education
Public Affairs Office
E-mail: KosovoEdExchange@state.gov
Phone: 383 38 5959 3749