Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGrad)

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The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (also known as the Global UGRAD Program) provides one semester and academic year scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from underrepresented sectors in East Asia, Eurasia and Central Asia, the Near East and South Asia and the Western Hemisphere for non-degree full-time study combined with community service, internships and cultural enrichment.

Program Length

One semester and academic year scholarships

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

Several organizations administer the Global UGRAD Program on behalf of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Application deadlines vary by program and region. Please visit the program websites below, or contact the U.S. Embassy in your home country, for further details and eligibility requirements.

East Asia and the Pacific - Administered by World Learning

Eurasia and Central Asia - Administered by IREX NOTE: This program is formerly known as the Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program

Near East and South Asia - Administered by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS

Serbia and Montenegro – Administered by World Learning

Pakistan - Administered by IREX

Western Hemisphere - Administered by World Learning


Country-Specific Information


Near East and South Asia Undergraduate Exchange Program

The Near East and South Asia Undergraduate Exchange Program provides full scholarships for outstanding students from underrepresented sectors of the Near East and South Asia for one academic year of non-degree, undergraduate study in the United States.

Eligible Students Must Be:

  • A citizen, national, or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid passport issued by the country from which the applicant is applying;
  • Able to receive and maintain a J-1 visa.
  • Applicants must be full-time students in good academic standing;
  • Completing the final year of secondary school or enrolled in first-, second-, third-year full-time undergraduate study at the time of application;
  • Proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application; 
  • Committed to returning to their home country after completion of the program; and
  • Between 18-25 years of age during participation in the NESA UGRAD program.

NESA UGRAD is a merit-based competition. Students from diverse backgrounds and/or underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a desire to engage with U.S. communities and to participate in community service activities.

Application Overview

Apply online at 

If you are unable to submit an online application, you may submit a hard copy to the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission in your country.

Note: an application is not considered complete until all of the following materials are received: a completed, signed NESA UGRAD application form, personal statement in English, official transcript(s), two letters of recommendation, TOEFL score report, and one passport-size photo.

Application Deadline
Please note that deadlines vary by country/territory. Please contact the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission for your home country/territory application deadline.

American Councils
1828 L Street N.W., Suite 1200 
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-833-7522

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