GLOBAL UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
THE GLOBAL UGRAD PROGRAM IS SPONSORED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE’S BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND SUPPORTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES
THE GLOBAL UGRAD PROGRAM SUPPORTS ONE SEMESTER OF NON-DEGREE UNIVERSITY STUDY IN THE UNITED STATES. IN ADDITION TO ACADEMIC COURSEWORK, STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE
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GLOBAL UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE PROGRAM 2015-2016
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is supported by the people of the United States. This international educational and cultural exchange program brings future leaders to the United States to experience the U.S. educational system, enhance their knowledge and skills, and explore U.S. culture and values. It also affords students the opportunity to educate Americans about other cultures and traditions. The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is administered through the joint efforts of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Embassies abroad, and World Learning.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs strives to ensure that its efforts reflect the diversity of U.S. society and societies abroad. The Bureau seeks and encourages the involvement of people from traditionally underrepresented audiences in all its grants, programs, and other activities and in its workforce and workplace. Opportunities are open to people regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Bureau is committed to fairness, equity and inclusion.
I. Program Description
The U.S. Department of State and World Learning are pleased to announce the open competition for the Global UGRAD Program for undergraduates for the 2015-2016 program. Participants will be selected for academic excellence, leadership potential, proficiency in written and spoken English, and flexibility to be an exchange student.
The Global UGRAD scholarship provides one academic semester of undergraduate, non-degree study in the United States in all fields except medicine, law, or other faculties only offered at the graduate level in the U.S. If you have a question about your faculty, please contact World Learning.
In addition to coursework in their fields of study, U.S. studies, and electives, Global UGRAD students engage in several non-academic activities including:
II. Financial Support
The Global UGRAD Program provides for students’ travel to/from the U.S., university tuition, room and board, health insurance, required books, and monthly stipend for incidental expenses.
III. Eligibility Requirements
Global UGRAD applicants will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, ethnicity, or gender. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Global UGRAD Program is merit-based and is open to anyone who is:
Individuals in the following circumstances are noteligible for the Global UGRAD Program:
IV. Student Responsibility
Individuals participating in the Global UGRAD Program are required to uphold the academic standards of the host institution and abide by all program terms and conditions. Failure to maintain academic standards or meet the goals of the program may result in the participants' dismissal from the program.
Students will be placed at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Students will not be able to select their own placement. Students will take courses in their fields of study as well as U.S. studies courses. The standard number of US academic credits per semester is 12. Additional credits are contingent upon US host institution and are subject to World Learning’s approval. Students will live in university housing/dormitories.
Students are required to perform 20 hours of volunteer community service during their semester on the UGRAD program.
Students are expected to take one academic course related to US studies. The number of credits earned during these courses is included in the obligatory 12 credits per semester.
Students will not be eligible to transfer into degree programs in the US. All participants must return to their home country immediately after completing their program.
V. Application Instructions
The Global UGRAD Program application is available online at www.worldlearning.org/ugrad. Please read all instructions and information carefully before completing the application, and review all fields before making any submission online. The application can be saved and submitted at a later time. All forms in this application are to be completed in English.
To be considered for evaluation, applicants must:
The contents of transcripts and recommendations will be verified with the appropriate institutions and instructors.
Applications are expected to represent the original thought and individual work of the applicant. Plagiarism, representing another author’s language thoughts ideas or expressions as your original work without proper acknowledgment, is unacceptable. Any instance of plagiarism in a student application or essay is grounds for immediate disqualification from consideration for the program.
VI. Application Deadline
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Be sure to request all transcripts and academic recommendations in sufficient time to receive them before the application deadline.
Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on February 27, 2015.
VII. Selection Process
Competition for the Global UGRAD Program is open and merit-based. Selection committees will review all eligible applications and invite semi-finalists for interviews.
Students may be required to complete preliminary English language proficiency testing in the absence of an existing TOEFL score report. Upon receipt of applications, test scores, and interview reports, final selection will be made by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in Washington, D.C.
Finalists and alternates who do not have a valid TOEFL score will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A limited number of finalists will be eligible for intensive English language training before beginning their academic programs in the US.
All finalists must also complete a medical exam and receive required immunizations prior to beginning the program. Participation in this program is contingent upon the availability of funding.
VIII. Application Checklist
Please check that you have included all of the following (where applicable*) with your application:
_________ Complete online application (all applicable questions must be answered)
_________ Electronic Signature on application
______ __ Save and Submit your application online
______ __ Required essays
_________ Two recommendations
_________ Official translations of any recommendations not written in English originally*
_________ Official transcripts with university/faculty seal of passed exams
_________ Official translations of the official transcripts if not issued in English*
_________ Official confirmation of the current academic year enrollment* (if not included in transcript). This document does not need official translation to English;
_________Certificate of completion of secondary education with certified English translation in place of the official academic transcript* (for first-year students only)
_________ Photocopy of the face page of your passport and ID card