Global Undergraduate Exchange Program for Serbia and Montenegro

Global Undergraduate Exchange Program for Serbia and Montenegro

Countries:  Montenegro, Serbia
Duration: April 2012 to June 2016
Funder:  U.S. Department of State

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program for Serbia and Montenegro (UGRAD Serbia and Montenegro) provides scholarships for talented students from Serbia and Montenegro to attend U.S. universities and colleges for one year of undergraduate, non-degree study. The Global UGRAD program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is supported by the people of the United States. The program is administered through the joint efforts of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the U.S. Embassies in Belgrade and Podgorica, and World Learning.

This international educational and cultural exchange program brings future leaders to the United States to experience the U.S. educational system, enhance their knowledge, and explore U.S. culture and values. It also affords students the opportunity to educate Americans about other cultures and traditions. Selected students pursue academic coursework in their fields of study, U.S. studies, and electives. They participate in all aspects of campus life, engage with their U.S. communities through required volunteer service, and gain practical skills through relevant internships. Since the beginning of the program, almost 300 students from Serbia and Montenegro have benefited from this unique opportunity and returned home to complete their studies, better their communities, and embark on their careers.

If you are a Serbian student looking to apply to the Global UGRAD 2015-2016 Program, please visit the Global UGRAD website.

For more information about becoming a UGRAD Host Institution, visit Information for Host Institution Applicants.

For highlights from the Global UGRAD Program, visit the Global Gazette.

Resource Portal

Resources for students, host institutions, and alumni.

To apply, visit the Global UGRAD Online Student Application.
The application for the 2015-2016 Academic Cycle is now closed.

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. Competition for the program is highly competitive and merit based. Finalists will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential, and their preparedness for study in the United States.

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

  • over 18 years of age;
  • a citizen of a UGRAD participating country, 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 UGRAD program; 
  • completed secondary education in their home country;
  • a solid command of written and spoken English (English Language training for some finalists is possible);
  • able to begin studies in the United States in August 2015 (for English Language training) or January 2016 (selected participants may not defer to a later date);
  • eligible to receive and maintain the US 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 in May 2016.

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

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
  • Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of their home country;
  • 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.

World Learning partners with over 60 diverse colleges and universities around the United States to make the UGRAD program a success. Is your institution interested in becoming one of them?

To apply, download the Global UGRAD Host Institution Application.

Host Institution Frequently Asked Questions

How can I become a host for the UGRAD program?

If you are interested in hosting Global UGRAD participants, please complete the host institution application and submit to

What countries/locales are represented by the Global UGRAD program?

Participating countries/locales include: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Burma, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Panama, Paraguay, People’s Republic of China, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe

What is the age group of the Global UGRAD finalists?

Global UGRAD participants have completed 0–4 years of university study in their home countries. The age range is typically 18–25 years old.

What fields of study are mostly represented in the program?

Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply for the Global UGRAD program. Possible fields of study include the humanities, arts, social sciences, mathematical science, natural and physical sciences, engineering and applied science.

Are the participants degree-seeking students?

No. All Global UGRAD Students are non-degree seeking students in the United States.

Is community service a required program component?

Yes. All Global UGRAD Students are required to complete 20 hours of community service.

Do the students have to participate in an internship?


Are the students expected to live on campus or off campus?

All students are required to be housed in campus facilities with an American roommate. Students often prefer single sex residence halls when available.

Does the program provide health insurance coverage for the participants?

Health coverage is provided through the Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE). ASPE is a self-funded, limited health care benefit plan designed to pay covered medical expenses for eligible exchange participants. Covered medical expenses are subject to limitation and pre-existing conditions are not covered. This plan is not an insurance policy. Therefore, if the participant should have any serious medical care, he/she should seek additional health insurance on their own behalf.

What kind of support is expected from participating host Institutions?

World Learning is looking for Host Institutions who are able to provide a high level of academic, cultural, and personal support to participants. Resources such as career centers, tutoring centers, international student services and other support centers play an integral role in the students' successful experiences.

Is financial support (cost share) from host institutions an expectation?

Host Institutions are expected to demonstrate significant cost share commitments. Examples include in-state tuition instead of out-of-state, housing waivers, significant tuition discounts or scholarships, and housing and fee reductions.

Have an idea for a community project? To learn about the U.S. Department of State's Alumni Exchange Innovation Fund (AEIF), visit the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' AEIF Website.

All Global UGRAD alumni are invited to join International Exchange Alumni , a network created and facilitated by the U.S. Department of State. To access alumni resources and more, log-on to International Exchange Alumni.

My U.S. experience has changed me as a person and has made me more confident. I believe I can achieve my career related dreams.

Global UGRAD participant

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