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U.S. Department of State Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD)

Deadline : December 15, 2023

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) brings together future leaders from several participating countries to the United States to experience U.S. higher education, gain critical professional skills, and explore new cultures and values. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, administered by World Learning and funded by the U.S. Government, this annual programme offer undergraduate students interested in a scholarships to study in the United States the opportunity to realize their dreams

The U.S. Department of State selects up to 250 promising young undergraduate leaders coming from almost 60 countries all over the world. These selected students are given the opportunity to participate in a one-semester exchange at one of the participating U.S. colleges and universities. During the programme, you will take courses alongside your U.S. peers, engage in community service, develop your abilities and learn new skills critical to success in the 21st century.

By the end of the program, you will have acquired the tools to help you become a leader in your profession, community and country at large. Global UGRAD alumni go on to receive Fulbright grants, obtain prestigious international internships, and work in business and government in their home countries and regions.


  • World Learning manages and monitors all aspects of the students’ academic progress, cultural integration and J-1 visas, including issuing DS-2019s.
  • You will receive coverage for tuition and fees for the 1 semester during your stay in the United States
  • Participants will also be eligible for the following for the entire duration of the exchange:
    • You will receive campus-housing for the whole period of stay in the U.S.
    • The programme offers a meal plan to all programme participants
    • You will also receive a modest monthly stipend to cover your basic costs.


  • You must be over the age of 18 by the time of application.
  • Applicants must be nationals, residents and citizens of a Global UGRAD participating country. (Please see list here)
  • You must be an undergraduate students and currently enrolled at any accredited public or private university.
  • Applicants must have at least one semester remaining at their home university at the end of the Global UGRAD program.
  • You must also have completed your secondary education in your home country.
  • Applicants must have proof of sufficient English proficiency both written and spoken English.
  • You must be eligible to receive and maintain the U.S. student exchange visa (J-1) required for the program.
  • Applicants must commit to returning to their home country up on completion of the program.


The program aims to promote understanding between people of the United States and other countries and foster the following goals.

  • To Provide a fulfilling exchange experience to drive academic, cross-cultural, and leadership competencies for students from Global UGRAD countries.
  • It aims to Enhance students’ academic knowledge and professional skills needed to pursue long-term academic and career goals.
  • To cultivate students’ comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the U.S.
  • Facilitate opportunities for students to establish social networks with U.S. host institutions and local communities.
  • Empower students to engage constructively in the civic life of their local and global communities.

To apply, you must create a new account and complete your profile. You must submit your complete application before the deadline of December 15, 2023.

To apply, Click here

For more information, visit the official website here

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