The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program
(Global UGRAD)

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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.

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.

The Global UGRAD application is open
November 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018 5pm EST

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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.

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.

Global UGRAD is administered by World Learning on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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.

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.

The Global UGRAD program brings future leaders to the U.S. to experience the U.S. educational system, share their culture, and explore U.S. culture 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.

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.

The program provides one-semester scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from around the world for non-degree full-time study combined with community service, professional development, and cultural enrichment.

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.

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 approximately 2,000 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.

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.

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.

Stories

Bangladesh Alumni Update: Nalifa Mehelin and Humans of New York Read this Story
Alumni Update: El Salvador Read this Story
Alumni Update: Nicaragua Read this Story
Alumni Update: Uganda Read this Story
All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service from Around the World – Part i Read this Story
All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service from Around the World – Part ii Read this Story

Impact

  • I got to know the person who I am now, who I want to be and what I want to do in the future. By meeting people from all over the world and different backgrounds, I understood that we all share the same dreams and ambitions, but sometimes misconceptions affect the way we perceive people outside of what we consider ” normal”. Our duty as new generations is to break these barriers through understanding.

    Global UGRAD participant, 2017-18
  • All the stereotypes I had before coming here just vanished, because I learned that no matter how different people are, they still can easily find common ground and build strong friendship.

    Global UGRAD participant, 2016-17
  • I wanted to contribute to my local community because in this short period of time I became a real part of it. I met so many people thanks to my volunteering hours, and without community service, my experience in the U.S. wouldn’t have been as good.

    Global UGRAD participant, 2016-17
  • Inclusion is so important when it comes to making a difference and understanding others because it takes collective effort to create meaningful and lasting change.

    Global UGRAD participant 2016-17
  • Global UGRADs are often our most known and outgoing international students. They are opinionated, ambitious, curious, and open to learning and sharing. Typically, we could say the Global UGRADs represent the ideal international student and we feel fortunate to have them here as part of our community.

    Global UGRAD host institution
  • The UGRAD program has allowed me to believe more in myself and allowed me to meet people that have had a tremendous impact in my life. I am certain that if it wasn’t for the program I wouldn’t receive these new opportunities.

    Global UGRAD participant, 2016-17
  • Faculty are thrilled to have Global UGRAD students in their classes, because they bring a different perspective and they work very hard.  Staff say the Global UGRAD students are very involved and take full advantage of on campus resources.  Even the local community benefits through the students’ community service and the host family program that our university runs that matches an international student with a local family.

    Global UGRAD host institution

By the Numbers

252 Students in 2018-19

Female

15862.7%

Male

9437.3%

Global UGRAD Students Represent

60 Countries

79 Host Institution Partners

Across 39 States

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Videos

What is Global UGRAD?

How Has Global UGRAD Inspired You:

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Student Video from End-of-Program Workshop: