The 2020-2021 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)

The 2020-2021 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) – Call for Applications is now Closed

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 2020-2021 Global UGRAD Program will be open from November 8, 2019 and will close on December 31, 2019, 5:00pm EST. For application information and instructions, please visit

Eligibility for the Global UGRAD Program:

  1. Applicants must be a citizen of the country in which they apply for the Global UGRAD Program
  2. Applicants must be studying in the country in which they apply for the Global UGRAD Program
  3. Scholarships will be granted to students who currently are enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs only, having completed a minimum of their first semester of study. Participants must have at least one semester or an equivalent term to complete at their home institutions upon completion of the Global UGRAD Program
  4. Applicants should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities
  5. Applicants must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 45ibt
  6. Preference will be given to those who have had little or NO experience in the U.S. or outside of their home countries
  7. Applicants are required to return directly to their home country after the completion of the program.
  8. Applicants are over 18 years of age.

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.

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 their home country
  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

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

Global UGRAD online application

Global UGRAD website

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Global UGRAD Facebook page

For additional information please contact:

Remzije Potoku
Cultural Affairs Assistant – Education
Public Affairs Office
Phone: 383 (0) 38 5959 3749