The 2024-2025 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)

The 2024-2025 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) – Call for Applications is now open

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. Global UGRAD is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and aims to recruit participants from underrepresented 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 for one semester in full-time, non-degree, undergraduate coursework 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 20 hours of community service. There will also be a virtual arrival orientation and an in-person end-of-program workshop.

Eligibility for the Global UGRAD Program:

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be a citizen of Kosovo or a Kosovan resident with Kosovan ID card
  • Applicants must be studying in Kosovo
  • Scholarships will be granted to students who currently are enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs only, having completed a minimum of one semester of study by January 2024.
  • Participants must have at least one year remaining in their undergraduate studies at their home institutions upon completion of the Global UGRAD Program.
  • Applicants should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.
  • Applicants must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 48 iBT to be considered. Students who score between 48-60 will be considered for the virtual English Language Training prior to the exchange portion of the program. Students must achieve a minimum score of 61 to be eligible to participate in the exchange portion of the program in the United States.
  • Preference will be given to those who have had little or no experience in the United States or outside of Kosovo.
  • Applicants are required to return directly to Kosovo after the completion of the program.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the program’s start.

Application and Program Timeline:

Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2023 to December 15, 2023 for the 2024-2025 academic year. Participants will be placed at a U.S. university in either the fall 2024 semester (August – December 2024) or spring 2025 semester (January to May 2025).

Application Deadline: December 15, 2023

Application Package:

A full and complete Global UGRAD student application package includes the following documents: completed online 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.

Note: Applicants should request their academic transcripts and letters of recommendation as soon as possible, as they will not be able to add additional information after the December 15, 2023 deadline. The applicants can provide English translations of their updated transcripts once they have been selected as a finalist or alternate.

The Global UGRAD Program application will be available online here https://webportalapp.com/sp/ugrad_student_application_2024 from November 1, 2023 and will close on December 15, 2023.

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

  1. U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States.
  2. Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of Kosovo.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Current World Learning employees and their immediate family members.

More information is available at the Global UGRAD website and the Global UGRAD Facebook page.

If you have any questions about Global UGRAD recruitment, please contact:

Nora Nimani-Musa
Program Coordinator
American Councils Kosovo
E-mail:  uskeb@americancouncils.org