Global UGRAD Program

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD Program) is a scholarship program managed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Nigerien undergraduate students have participated in the program since 2013. 

Participant Eligibility

Global UGRAD is a merit-based competition. Students from diverse backgrounds and/or underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must:

  • Be citizens, nationals or permanent residents qualified to hold a valid passport issued by the countries from which they apply
  • Be full-time students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program who will have completed at least the first year of their study.
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Have a desire to participate in community service activities. Students must return to their home countries after completion of the 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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