Global UGRAD Program

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is a fully funded academic and cultural exchange program designed to increase partcipants’ knowledge and global connectivity. Global UGRAD participants come from 60+ countries and study for a semester at universities across the United States. After the program, participants are higher-achieving students, stronger leaders, and more actively engaged in their communities.

Since 2008, World Learning has facilitated the placement of more than 2,500 Global UGRAD students at colleges and universities across the United States. Students participate in one semester of non-degree study and leave the U.S. with the tools to become leaders in their professions and home communities. They also receive access to grants and professional development resources available only to alumni of U.S. Department of State exchange programs.

Undergraduate students from all fields of study are encouraged to apply. The program is open to all, regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

Application deadline: March 15, 2021 |


  1. Applicants must be a citizen of the country in which they apply for the Global UGRAD Program.
  2. Applicants must be studying in the country in which they apply for the Global UGRAD Program.
  3. Scholarships will be granted to students who currently are enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs only, having completed a minimum of their first semester of study. Participants must have at least one semester or an equivalent term to complete at their home institutions upon completion of the Global UGRAD Program.
  4. Applicants should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.
  5. Applicants must demonstrate a solid command of written and spoken English.
  6. Applicants myust be able to begin studies in the United States in January 2022.
  7. Preference will be given to those who have had little or NO experience in the United States or outside of their home countries.
  8. Applicants are required to return directly to their home country after the completion of the program.
  9. Applicants are over 18 years of age by the start of their program.

Award Benefits and Requirements

Participants are actively engaged on- and off-campus.  They take part in cultural enrichment activities throughout the semester and experience various aspects of American life and local communities. They complete 20 hours of community service and participate in professional skills development activities.  Participants receive tuition and fees, campus housing, a meal plan, support for pre-approved cultural activities and a modest monthly stipend.

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