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The American Consulate General in Jerusalem Announces The FY 2015 Global Undergraduate Student Exchange Program Global UGRAD

2015-02-02 2015-02-02

The American Consulate General in Jerusalem Announces

The FY 2015 Global Undergraduate Student Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)


DEADLINE: Gaza February 6, 2015 and West Bank and Jerusalem February 16, 2015

The American Consulate General in Jerusalem is pleased to announce the competition for the 2015 Global Undergraduate Student Exchange Program (Global UGRAD). This program will provide fully sponsored scholarships for one-semester to approximately 250 outstanding undergraduate students from underrepresented sectors of East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Near East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Hemisphere for non-degree, full-time study in the United States. Students will study at accredited two - and four-year U.S. institutions of higher education, receive intensive English language instruction if needed, and engage in community service, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichment activities. 

Program Design:  Global UGRAD participants will be enrolled full time in undergraduate course work at the host institution to allow ample opportunity for substantive interaction with U.S. faculty and student peers, and for exposure to U.S. academic and classroom culture.  Host institutions will offer instruction on topics including academic research and writing, critical thinking, time management, note-taking, and studying for and taking tests. Participants will live on-campus with U.S. peers or in homestays with American families.

All academic fields of study are eligible.  Per J-1 visa regulations, interested applicants in medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine, pharmacology or other clinical fields of study, should be made 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.

Students cannot choose their host institution and will be placed at the most appropriate host institution based on students’ academic interests.  This is a non-degree program, so it is the students’ responsibility to check with their home institutions whether any credits accumulated during the UGRAD program will be transferred. 

Students will be required to participate in a minimum of twenty hours of community service activities during the program.  Students will also be required to enroll in at least one course in a U.S. Studies field, such as U.S. history, literature, art, or government.

Failure to meet the academic requirements of the university and UGRAD program (poor grades, failure to submit assignments or attend class) may result in dismissal from Global UGRAD.  Participants must remain in good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA).

Pre-Academic English:  Global UGRAD provides one semester of pre-academic English language training to students, if needed.  Pre-academic English will take place in the fall semester of 2015-2016; the academic portion will commence for all students in the spring semester. Students will also complete 20 hours of community service and participate in professional development workshops. The program will include a pre-departure orientation, a virtual arrival orientation, and an in-person end-of-program workshop.

More information about the program  may be found at:
There are feature videos that past participants have made about their experience in the US. It is found at UGRAD Youtube Channel

Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree program. They should be highly motivated undergraduate students from colleges, universities and other institutions of higher education who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities, with little or no prior experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country.

Please note the following:

  • Individuals holding permanent residence status in the United States (including American citizens and green card holders) are NOT eligible.
  • Applicants should be residing in the country at the time of submitting the applications and interview process.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English to enable active participation in the academic program. TOEFLâ, IELTS or ITPâ score reports must reflect a minimum of 500 (61 TOEFL IBT or 173 TOEFL CBT)  or higher at time of nomination. However, pre-academic English Language Training can be provided for selected students with scores of 475 or higher. 
  • Students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in their home country, and must have completed their first year of undergraduate study prior to starting their UGRAD Program.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age when they begin their UGRAD Program in the United States.
  • They must also have at least one semester or an equivalent term to complete at their home institutions following the UGRAD Program. The UGRAD program cannot be the final academic term of a student’s undergraduate study.
  • Applicants must be active in their communities with experience in service learning and leadership activities.
  • Candidates must be in good academic standing at their current institution of study.

Application process:

Please use the following link to complete the application: http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=  or go to that has details and supplemented documents.

Applicants must submit the following required documents prior to the application deadline:

  • The e-application form.
  • Personal statement in English, 350-500 words, typed.
  • Copy of the bio data page of the applicant’s passport.
  • Two passport-size photos.
  • Official translated academic transcripts for years of university study (English).
  • Official results of the national general secondary school (tawjihi) exam.
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers/professors, including one from the candidate’s secondary level institution (English).
  • Grade equivalence between local grading system and U.S. grading system.
  • Official TOEFLâ, IELTS or ITPâ report sent directly to the cooperating agency from ETS.  (Note:  While non-official test scores such as the Institutional TOEFL, IELTS, etc.

may be submitted, the applicant must have official TOEFL score results if nominated.) Students need to take the TOEFL exam as early as possible to ensure that scores are received by the cooperating agency well in advance of April 30, 2015 which is the final deadline to receive the TOEFL scores.  

Application Deadline and inquiries:

Please submit your application no later than February 6, 2015 for Gaza applicants and no later than February 16, 2015 for West Bank and Jerusalem applicants.

Jerusalem and West Bank Applicants:  Please submit a completed and signed application electronically to; call 02-622-7172 or (0545) 420 953 for more information.
Gaza Applicants: Please submit a completed and signed application electronically to; call 08-286-4623, or 059-967-7317 for more information.