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Global UGRAD Program to Study in USA

Last updated: Nov 17, 2023

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Target: All Countries,

Award Value: Grants,

Host Institution: Institutions in United States


Expires in 202 days

Global UGRAD Program to Study in USAThe Global UGRAD Program to Study in USA is now open for applications to undergraduate students globally who are the most known and outgoing international students. They should be opinionated, ambitious, curious, and open to learning and sharing. Typically, the Global UGRAD scholars represent the ideal international student. Apply by November – December yearly.

Program Description

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, otherwise called the Global UGRAD Program, brings future leaders to the United States to experience U.S. higher education, gain critical professional skills, and explore new cultures and values. The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.

Since 2008, World Learning has provided this opportunity to over 2,500 Global UGRAD students.  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 and regions.

See Also:  20+ Fully Funded Exchange Programs in USA

Eligible Countries

Please refer to the eligible Countries list on the official application page.

Program Goals

To promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries by:

  • Providing a fulfilling exchange experience to drive academic, cross-cultural, and leadership competencies for UGRAD Students.
  • Enhancing students’ academic knowledge and professional skills needed to pursue long-term academic and career goals.
  • Cultivating students’ comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the U.S.
  • Facilitating opportunities for students to establish social networks with U.S. host institutions and local communities.
  • Empowering students to engage constructively in the civic life of their local and global communities.

Program Eligibility

The Global UGRAD Program is open to all academic fields of study without discrimination, but highly competitive and merit based. Finalists are selected on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential, and their preparedness for study in the U.S.

Specifically, the program is open to anyone who is/has:

  • over 18 years of age;
  • a citizen of a Global UGRAD participating country*, currently residing in that country;
  • enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student 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 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 U.S. in August or January (selected applicants may not choose their semester of participation;
  • eligible to receive and maintain the U.S. 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.

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Application Procedure

To apply for the Global UGRAD program, find the Host Institution link here to apply before the application cycle closes on December 15. In case of any questions, please email exchangeprograms@worldlearning.org for more information.

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