2020-2021 Global UGRAD Exchange Program

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The Global UGRAD program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to spend two semester of full-time non-degree study at an accredited university in the United States. Students must have at least one term remaining at their home institutions upon completion of the program. Participants are selected through an open, merit-based competition. Applications are accepted in all fields of study, but applicants in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacology or other clinical fields of study should 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.

The program will start in the fall of 2020, and conclude in the spring of 2021.The Global UGRAD Program is a non-degree program, and does not assist with credit transfers between participants’ host and home institutions.

All participants will:

  • Attend classes full-time during their academic program;
  • 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, or government
  • Perform a minimum of 20 hours of community service in their host city; and
  • Complete a professional development component during their program

Students in their 1st-year at the time of application will live with host families or in dormitories and will be enrolled in two-year community colleges. All other students will live in dormitories at four-year colleges and universities.
Participants must be at least 18 years of age by the start date of their program in the United States.

The fellowship is fully funded and provides:

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

A complete application package includes:

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of passport bio page
  • Academic transcripts for years of university study (with English translations)
  • Two letters of reference (with English translations)

Application deadline: December 31, 2019

Please note: Applications for the 2020-2021 cycle will be accepted from students currently studying in Turkmenistan only.

Additional information is available by calling the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan at (+99312) 473503 ext. 231, by sending a request to AshgabatEducation@state.gov or at www.worldlearning.org/ugrad.

Applications for information only are available here:

Please apply online only at www.worldlearning.org/ugrad.