The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (also known as the Global UGRAD Program) provides one semester scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from around the world for non-degree full-time study combined with community service, professional development, and cultural enrichment. The program is sponsored by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and managed on ECA’s behalf by World Learning. It aims to recruit participants from underrepresented, non-elite backgrounds. Successful applicants get an in-depth exposure to U.S. society, culture, and academic institutions, a chance to enhance their knowledge, and an opportunity to share their cultures and traditions with people in the United States.
All participants will be enrolled in full-time, non-degree, undergraduate course work chosen from their host institution’s existing curriculum. Participants will be required to take one, three-credit American studies course to enhance their understanding of the United States. Participants will live in campus housing facilities with American peers, and will be required to participate in twenty hours of community service. There will also be a virtual arrival orientation and an in-person end-of-program workshop.
Grant benefits include international travel, tuition, room and board, accident/sickness insurance, a small monthly stipend, and funding for books.
- Be citizens of Indonesia
- Be over 18 years of age
- Be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program in Indonesia, having completed a minimum of one semester of study and having at least one more semester to complete at their home institution upon return
- Demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities
- Demonstrate a command of written and spoken English as attested by a recent (less than two years old) ITP TOEFL score of 500 or IELTS equivalent.
- Be committed to return directly to Indonesia after the completion of the program.
Preference will be given to those who have had little or no experience in the U.S. or outside of their home countries. Only short-listed candidates will be notified for personal interview.
The following applicants are ineligible:
- U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States
- Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of Indonesia;
- 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);
- 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.
The deadline for the online submission of application materials for the program is December 31, 2016.
How to Apply
Candidates should complete the online application on this link. The online application can be only accessed from November 2 to December 31, 2016.
Please also visit the Global UGRAD website and Global UGRAD Facebook page for more information on the program, for the link to the online application, and for informative video testimonials of current and former UGRAD awardees, encouraging others to apply.
Please note that there are requirements unique to the Indonesia program, which may differ from details on the World Learning website. For applicants from Indonesia, please refer to the above requirements when applying to this program and direct all your questions to AMINEF staff.
At this link here, you may download in a zip file, three documents to help you navigate the online application: a one-page description of the program; a guide to the application process; and a UGRAD brochure.
Submission Requirements (in English)
- Two letters of reference, one from a lecturer from the applicant’s major field of study, the other from another lecturer, an employer, a coach, or a community work supervisor.
- Photocopy of Indonesian ID card (KTP)
- The latest university progress report / transcript in Indonesian and English.
The transcript and other materials must be prepared before the deadline, since you will not be able to add additional information after that date.