Location: United States
Duration: 2008 to Present
Funder: U.S. Department of State
Supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Global Undergraduate Exchange (Global UGRAD) Program for East Asia and the Pacific and the Western Hemisphere provides a diverse group of emerging student leaders with scholarships to attend U.S. universities for up to one year of undergraduate non-degree study. Global UGRAD is a substantive exchange program designed to expose students to the U.S. educational system, society, and culture. Finalists represent diverse disciplines, from architecture to engineering, biochemistry to literature and education. All students participate in community service projects and internships. They live in university residence halls and are involved in campus organizations and activities. All participants are issued U.S. student exchange (J-1) visas. Upon conclusion of their scholarship, students must return to their home countries to complete their degrees.
World Learning has placed and monitored almost 1,000 Global UGRAD students at over 60 colleges and universities, including HBCUs, HSIs, women’s colleges, and community colleges. Participants leave the U.S. with the tools to become leaders in their professions and communities. Global UGRAD alumni go on to receive Fulbright grants, obtain prestigious international internships, and work in business and government in their home countries.
For the 2014–2015 session, Global UGRAD students come from Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Panama, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
For more information about applying to the Global UGRAD UGRAD Program, visit Information for Student Applicants.
For more information about becoming a Global UGRAD Host Institution, visit Information for Host Institution Applicants.
For highlights from the Global UGRAD Program, visit the Global Gazette.