Global Undergraduate Scholarship Exchange Program for International Students in the United State of America – 2024/2025

Applications are currently being accepted for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) for its 2024/2025 academic session. The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) is designed to help future leaders come to the United States to experience U.S. higher education, gain critical professional skills, and explore new cultures and values.

This scholarship program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.

From 2008 onwards, World Learning has extended this chance to more than 2,500 Global UGRAD students. These program participants depart the United States equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to take on leadership roles in their respective fields and communities. Graduates of the Global UGRAD program often go on to secure Fulbright grants, prestigious international internships, and find employment in both the business and government sectors within their home nations and regions.

Global UGRAD welcomes students from all academic disciplines, and itupholds a policy of non-discrimination based on factors such as race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or disability. The program’s selection process is rigorous and primarily merit-based. The finalists are chosen based on their demonstrated academic achievements, leadership capabilities, and their readiness to pursue studies in the United States.


  • Undergraduate

Targeted Countries

  • International students


  • United Sate of America


  • Same with program duration



The goal is to promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries.

  1. Offer a rewarding exchange program aimed at developing academic, cross-cultural, and leadership abilities for students from Global UGRAD nations.
  2. Strengthen students’ academic expertise and professional competencies required for their future academic and career aspirations.
  3. Foster a deep and multifaceted comprehension of the United States among students.
  4. Promote chances for students to establish social connections with U.S. host institutions and the local community.
  5. Empower students to actively participate in the civic affairs of their local and global communities in a constructive manner.


Eligibility Criteria for the Scholarship

In order to be eligible for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD), candidates must meet the following:

  1. Applicants must be over 18 years of age
  2. Be citizen of a Global UGRAD participating country, currently residing in that country.
  1. Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in good standing at any accredited university, public or private, and has at least one year remaining at their home university at the conclusion of the Global UGRAD program;
  2. Have completed secondary education in their home country;
  3. Have agood command of written and spoken English (English Language training for some finalists is possible);
  4. Be ready to begin studies in the U.S. in January 2024 (selected applicants may not choose their semester of participation;
  5. Applicants must be eligible to receive and maintain the U.S. student exchange visa (J-1) required for the program;
  6. Must cleared by a physician to participate in the program;
  7. Applicants must be ready to returning to their home country after the completion of the program.

Applicants in this category are not eligible for the Global UGRAD Program:

  1. S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S.;
  2. Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of their home country;
  3. Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); employees are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
  4. Immediate family members (i.e spouses and children) of U.S. Department of State and USAID employees; family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
  5. Current World Learning employees and their immediate family members

Benefits of the Scholarship

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) will provide funding for the entire standard program duration, provided that the scholarship recipient maintains a consistently strong academic record and demonstrates exemplary behavior.

  1. Visa sponsorship (J-1)
  2. Relocation support
  3. Fully funded

Selection Criteria

The selection process for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD), is rigorous and primarily merit-based.Finalists will be selected on the basis of:

  1. Academic excellence
  2. Leadership potential
  3. Preparedness for study in the U.S.

How to Apply for the Scholarship

Applicants are required to submit their application online.Candidates should ensure the online application form is properly filled and submitted.

For further information about the scholarship application process, kindly CLICK HERE to visit the official webpage.


Scholarship Deadline

15th December, 202311:59 Eastern Standard Time (UTC-05:00).


For enquiries about the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD), please contact:[email protected]