Near East, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa Undergraduate Exchange Program (NESA):

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Near East, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa Undergraduate Exchange Program (NESA UGRAD)

Location: United States
Duration: July 2013 to December 2014
Funder: U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

The Near East, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa Undergraduate Exchange Program (NESA UGRAD) is a cultural and academic exchange program, managed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by World Learning, which provides a substantive exchange experience for emerging student leaders from underrepresented sectors of the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa for one year of undergraduate, non-degree studies at accredited two- and four-year US colleges and universities. 

Participants are actively engaged on and off campus, participating in community service, cultural enrichment activities, and various skill-building workshops. They also experience various aspects of American life and local communities. During the spring semester the students complete an internship in their field of study. Participants receive tuition and fees, campus housing, a meal plan, support for pre-approved cultural activities and a modest monthly stipend. Since 2007, over 600 students from more than 26 countries and locales have participated in the NESA UGRAD Program. In 2013, the NESA UGRAD Program expanded to include students from Sub-Saharan Africa. Other Global UGRAD Programs are available for students from the Western Hemisphere, East Asia and the Pacific, Eurasia and Central Asia, Serbia and Montenegro, Pakistan, and Tunisia.

For the 2013–2014 session, NESA UGRAD students come from Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, India, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

UGRAD NESA Students

For more information about applying to the NESA UGRAD Program, visit Information for Student Applicants.
For more information about becoming a NESA UGRAD Host Institution, visit Information for Host Institution Applicants.


Program Areas: Education, Exchange
Expertise: Education, Exchange