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The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is supported by the people of the United States. 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 skills, and explore U.S. culture and values. It also affords students the opportunity to educate Americans about other cultures and traditions.

I. Program Description

The U.S. Department of State and World Learning are pleased to announce the open competition for the Global UGRAD Program for undergraduates for the 2015-2016 Program. Participants will be selected for academic excellence, leadership potential, proficiency in written and spoken English, and flexibility to be an exchange student.

The Global UGRAD scholarship provides one academic semester of undergraduate, non-degree study in the United States in all fields. Students majoring in law or medicine are eligible to apply, but they will be able to take very basis courses in their field of study at the U.S. University.

In addition to coursework in their fields of study, U.S. studies, and electives, Global UGRAD students engage in several non-academic activities including:

  • Pre-Departure Orientation: Global UGRAD students must attend a pre-departure orientation (PDO) prior to departing for the United States. All parts of the PDO must be attended in their entirety.
  • Community Service: Global UGRAD students engage with their U.S. communities through the completion of required community service. 
  • Re-entry Workshop: During the program, Global UGRAD students will attend a leadership and career development workshop in Washington, DC.

II. Financial Support
The Global UGRAD Program provides for students’ travel to/from the U.S., university tuition, room and board, health insurance, required books, and monthly stipend for incidental expenses.
III. Eligibility Requirements
Global UGRAD applicants will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, ethnicity, or gender.  Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Global UGRAD Program is merit-based and is open to anyone WHO IS:

  • a citizen of Ukraine who is currently residing and studying in Ukraine;
  • over 18 years of age;
  • enrolled as an undergraduate in good standing at any university, public or private;
  • not enrolled in his/her final year of studies at the time of application;
  • has a solid command of written and spoken English (English language skills should be strong enough to study in a U.S. university);
  • able to begin studies in the United States in August 2015 or January 2016 for English Language Training (selected participants may not defer to a later date);
  • eligible to receive and maintain the U.S. student exchange visa (J-1) required for the program;
  • committed to returning to home country after the completion of the program in May 2016.

IV. Student Responsibility
Students will be placed at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Students will not be able to select their own placement. Students will take courses in their fields of study as well as U.S. studies courses. The standard number of US academic credits per semester is 12. Additional credits are contingent upon US host institution and are subject to World Learning’s approval. Students will live in university housing/dormitories.
Students are required to perform 20 hours of volunteer community service during their semester on the UGRAD program.
Students are expected to take one academic course related to US studies. The number of credits earned during these courses is included in the obligatory 12 credits per semester.
Students will not be eligible to transfer into degree programs in the US. All participants must return to their home country immediately after completing their program.
V. Application Instructions
PLEASE NOTE that for the 2015-2016 Global UGRAD Program, ONLY electronic applications will be accepted. Applicants should log on to the site: to gain access to the online application system. Applicants will be able to complete their entire application online, as well as send online requests for letters of recommendation and upload all required documents.
Please read all instructions and information carefully before completing the application, and review all fields before making any submission online. The application can be saved and submitted at a later time. All forms in this application are to be completed in English.
To be considered for evaluation, applicants MUST:

  • answer every question completely and carefully
  • respond to essay questions as instructed, adhering to indicated word limits;
  • upload two letters of recommendation with certified translations, if necessary.
  •    - One recommendation must be completed by an instructor or advisor from the student's university
  •    - The second recommendation can be from another instructor, an employer, coach, former exchange program coordinator or host family. Family members and personal friends may not provide letters of recommendation;
  • upload official undergraduate transcripts with certified English translations. Grades must be printed on official university stationery, signed by a dean or equivalent official, and certified with official university seal or by translation agency;
  • upload official confirmation of the current academic year enrollment (if not included in transcript). This document does not need official translation to English;
  • first-year students should enclose their certificate proving they finished the final year of their secondary education with certified English translation in place of the official university transcript. If selected as semi-finalists, students must bring transcripts to the interview;
  • upload English language test score report (if taken previously). This document is not obligatory;
  • upload a copy of his/her international passport bio (first) page.

VI. Application Deadline
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  Be sure to request all transcripts and academic recommendations in sufficient time to receive them before the application deadline.
Application Deadline: Sunday, February 22, 2015