The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) 2022-2023
The U.S. Department of State and World Learning are pleased to announce that the competition for the Global UGRAD Program for undergraduates for the 2022-2023 Program is now open.
In 2022-2023, Global UGRAD will provide one-semester, non-degree scholarships to approximately 315 undergraduate students representing all world regions to study at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes virtual pre-academic English language training (if needed), academic coursework, service learning opportunities, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichment activities.
The goal of the program is to provide a substantive exchange experience at a U.S. college or university for a diverse group of emerging undergraduate student leaders. Ideal candidates for this program must show leadership skills through a sustained high level of academic achievement, commitment to community, and extracurricular university activities.
Global UGRAD participants will be enrolled in undergraduate coursework at a U.S. college or university to allow ample opportunity for substantive interaction with U.S. faculty and student peers, and for exposure to U.S. academic and classroom culture. Global UGRAD participants will live on-campus with U.S. peers. The program will include a pre-departure orientation with representatives from the U.S. Embassy, a virtual arrival orientation from World Learning, and a program symposium, either in-person in Washington, DC or virtual.
Important: All academic fields of study are eligible. Per J-1 visa regulations, interested applicants in majors such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacology or other clinical fields of study, please be aware that direct patient care, including animal care, is not permitted, and therefore academic coursework and/or program activities at participating U.S. institutions may be limited.
Students cannot choose their host campus. World Learning will place students at the most appropriate host campus based on students’ academic interests. The Global UGRAD Program includes a diverse roster of host campuses throughout the United States, including colleges and universities in rural and urban areas, and Minority Serving Institutions.
Students may indicate a preference for a fall or spring semester placement, but final placement will be made by World Learning in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
The Global UGRAD Program is a non-degree program. The Global UGRAD Program does not assist with credit transfers between participants’ host and home institutions. Any credit transfers are the sole responsibility of the participants.
Please note that the Global UGRAD Program cannot guarantee the availability of specific courses students may choose before traveling to the United States.
Students will be required to participate in a minimum of 20 hours of community service activities during the program. Students will also be required to enroll in at least two courses in their major and at least one course in a U.S. Studies field, such as U.S. History, Literature, Art and Culture, or Government.
Students must adhere to the host campus code of conduct as well as the terms and conditions of the Global UGRAD program.
Participants must remain in good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Failure to meet these requirements may result in dismissal from the Global UGRAD program.
The Global UGRAD Program provides for students’ roundtrip airfare to the United States, travel allowance, university tuition, room and board, health insurance, required books, monthly stipend for incidental expenses, and student visa.
Global UGRAD is open to all academic fields of study and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or disability.
This program is highly competitive and merit based. Finalists will be selected based on demonstrated leadership trough academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.
Note: We encourage all students, including those with disabilities, to apply to the Global UGRAD Program. All qualified applicants will be considered for the program.
* Thesis or professional practice/internship to be completed at the end of your studies are not considered classes.
Tip: Use the “Save Draft” button to save your progress and the “Save” button until you have completed all fields and have uploaded required documents. Then, you will have to click on the “Submit” button to send your Global UGRAD application.
If you have an issue with the Global UGRAD application system, please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, request assistance explaining the issue and attach images to your email to show the exact problem.
Note: Recommendations should not be from family members or friends. The person writing your letter should indicate in what context he/she knows you, how he/she would describe your mentality and adaptability in difficult situations, and the qualities that would make you a successful exchange student, including your interaction with others. Letters should be written in English, but if you get letters written in Spanish, you must include a Spanish translation. Check the Letter of Recommendation Guidelines at the bottom of this website. These forms are also available within the Global UGRAD application system.
Tip: Please use descriptive names for your PDF or MS Word files, so it will be easy for us to identify the owner and content of each archive when we download information. Examples: EmilyJones_Transcript, EmilyJones_Transcript_translation.pdf, EmilyJones_ID.pdf (you could also include your passport in this file), EmilyJones_letter1.pdf, EmilyJones_letter2.pdf, etc.
Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for the Global UGRAD Program:
Incomplete applications or applications submitted late will not be considered. Make sure to request transcripts and letters of recommendation in advance to upload them to your application. (Check the Letter of Recommendation Guidelines on this website or within the UGRAD application system.)
These guidelines will help the person writing your letters of recommendation to focus on things we want to know about you:
For more information on this program please visit:
For specific questions, please contact the U.S. Embassy Managua Public Affairs Office at:
(Please write “UGRAD 2022-2023” in the Subject Line of your message)