The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in USA

Deadline: 28 February 2014
Open to: undergraduate students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan
Fellowship: round-trip, tuition, housing, meals and other


The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (Global UGRAD), a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and supported by the people of the United States, provides opportunities for undergraduate students for full-time, non-degree study in the United States.

  • Participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and the Russian Federation will spend one semester of non-degree study in a US university or community college;
  • Participants from Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan will spend one academic year of non-degree study in a US university or community college. 

All participants will:

  • Attend classes full-time for one academic year;
  • Perform a minimum of 20 hours of community service in their host city during the first semester; and
  • Complete a part-time internship during their second semester; part-time internships during the second semester for academic year participants and Workplace Excellence professional field trips for semester participants.

First-year students will attend two-year community colleges and live in campus housing (dormitories) or with American host families. All other students will attend four-year universities and colleges and will live in campus housing (dormitories). Students must have at least one term remaining at their home institutions upon completion of the program. Participants may not choose their U.S. host university/college or community college.


Program is merit-based and open to anyone who:

  • Is a citizen, national or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid passport issued by the country of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan; 
  • Is currently residing in one of the following eligible countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan;
  • Is enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing at the time of application at a registered academic institution, public or private, in one of the 12 eligible countries. Correspondence students in Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are also eligible to apply;
  • Has satisfactorily completed at least one semester for which s/he will obtain some of her/his final grades;
  • Is not enrolled in her/his final year of studies at the time of application;
  • Is at least 18 years old at the start of the program;
  • Submits a complete online application with all required documents by the application deadline;
  • Is able to begin the academic exchange program in the United States in the fall of 2014;
  • Is able to receive and maintain a U.S. J-1 visa;
  • Is physically able to complete the program in its entirety;
  • Is committed to returning to their home country after completion of the program;
  • Is proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.


The award includes:

  • J-1 visa support;
  • Round-trip travel from fellow’s home city to host institution in the United States;
  • Accident and sickness coverage; 
  • Tuition and mandatory university fees;
  • Room and board (housing and meals);
  • Small incidentals allowance;
  • Limited allowance for books;
  • A wide variety of alumni networking and training opportunities.


The deadline for online applications for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:59 AM Washington, D.C. time. To be considered for the 2014-2015 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, you must complete the application and submit any previous TOEFL score reports, if available. Please follow all instructions carefully.

For more information please visit the official website HERE.

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