The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) is an international education and cultural exchange program supported by the U.S. Department of State and World Learning that grants scholarships for future leaders to study in the United States for one semester. The program provides international students an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills; explore U.S. culture and values; and share their cultures and traditions. Students will take mandatory courses in U.S. fields such as history, literature, art, or government, along with academic skills training, and courses in their respective fields’ of study. Students will also partake in community service activities and an unpaid internships.
Competition for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is merit-based and candidates will be considered
regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, or gender. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Selected participants do not choose their host institution and will be placed at the most appropriate institution based on students’ academic interests.
Global UGRAD is administered by World Learning on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.
Since 2008, World Learning has provided this opportunity to over 2,200 Global UGRAD students. Participants leave the U.S. with the tools to become leaders in their professions and communities. Global UGRAD alumni go on to receive Fulbright grants, obtain prestigious international internships, and work in business and government in their home countries and regions.
Countries: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Zimbabwe
To promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries.
- Provide a fulfilling exchange experience to drive academic, cross-cultural, and leadership competencies for students from Global UGRAD countries.
- Enhance students’ academic knowledge and professional skills needed to pursue long-term academic and career goals.
- Cultivate students’ comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the U.S.
- Facilitate opportunities for students to establish social networks with U.S. host institutions and local communities.
- Empower students to engage constructively in the civic life of their local and global communities.
Program is open to Egyptian Students who are:
Between the ages of 18-25
Currently residing and studying in Egypt
Enrolled as an undergraduate at a public or private university in Egypt and has good academic standing
Not enrolled in his/her final year of study
Has a solid command of written and spoken English
Submits a complete application with all required supporting documents by the application deadline
Committed to return to Egypt upon program completion
A Complete Application Package includes:
Completed, signed online application
Two letters of recommendation (Use Global UGRAD Recommendation Form)
400-600 word essay in English
– Official document with English translation showing academic performance from previous years in the university.
– First year university students must provide a copy of their secondary school transcripts and an enrollment letter from their current university.
Copy of National ID and/or passport
– Incomplete applications will not be considered.
– Only short-listed applicants will be interviewed.
– A TOEFL PBT/ IBT score is not required at the time of application. However, a TOEFL score is required for participation in the program. ONLY the selected finalists and alternates will be required to take the TOEFL exam.