The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) and Ukraine Undergraduate Academic Exchange for STEM and Entrepreneurship (UUAESE), 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 provides students with the opportunity to educate Americans about other cultures and traditions.
- Participants will be selected for academic excellence, leadership potential, community involvement, fluency in written and spoken English, motivation and flexibility to be an exchange student.
- Participants will study for one academic semester at accredited four-year U.S. institutions of higher education, receive intensive English instruction if needed, and engage in community service, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichment activities. Global UGRAD and UUAESE participants cannot choose their host institution and will live on-campus with U.S. peers. Candidates should be highly motivated and demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.
- The Global UGRAD scholarship provides one academic semester of undergraduate, non-degree study in the United States in all fields. Interested applicants in medicine, nursing, 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.
- In addition to coursework in their fields of study, U.S. studies, and electives, Global UGRAD and UUAESE finalists will engage in several non-academic activities including:
- Pre-Departure Orientation: all Global UGRAD and UUAESE finalists must attend a pre-departure orientation (PDO) prior departure to the United States.
- Community Service: Global UGRAD and UUAESE finalists engage with their U.S. communities through the completion of required community service.
- Program Symposium: During the program, Global UGRAD and UUAESE finalists will attend a leadership and career development symposium in Washington, DC.
- The Global UGRAD and UUAESE Programs cover finalists’ travel to/from the U.S., university tuition, room and board, health insurance, required books, and monthly stipend for incidental expenses.
- Global UGRAD and UUAESE applicants will be considered irrespective to their race, color, religion, ethnicity, or gender. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. All Global UGRAD and UUAESE Program participants must be committed to return to Ukraine after the completion of the program.
- The Global UGRAD and UUAESE Programs are merit-based competition opened to anyone who is:
- a citizen of Ukraine currently residing and studying in Ukraine as a full time University student at the 1-2 year of Bachelor degree program;
- over 18 years of age by the start date of their Program in the United States;
- enrolled as full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing at any university in Ukraine, public or private;
- demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities;
- has a good command of written and spoken English (English language skills should be strong enough to study in the U.S. university);
- able to begin studies in the United States in January 2022 (selected participants may not defer to a later date);
- eligible to receive and maintain the U.S. student exchange visa (J-1) required for the program.
- Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for the Global UGRAD Program:
- U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
- Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside Ukraine;
- Graduate students;
- Undergraduate students on their final academic year at the university;
- 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;
- 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;
- Current World Learning employees and their immediate family members.
For more information, visit https://ua.usembassy.gov/education-culture/exchange-programs/academic-exchanges/global-ugrad/