The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) provides a diverse group of emerging student leaders with a scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study at a U.S. college or university.
Global UGRAD is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States
Department of State and aims to recruit participants from underrepresented backgrounds who have not had other opportunities to study in the United States. Successful applicants can expect an in-depth
exposure to U.S. society, culture, and academic institutions, as well as opportunities to enhance their
All participants will be enrolled in full-time, non-degree, undergraduate coursework chosen from their host institution’s existing curriculum. Participants will be required to take one, 3-credit U.S. 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.
After the program, participants are higher-achieving students, stronger leaders, and more actively engaged in their communities.
Undergraduate students from all fields of study are encouraged to apply. The program is open to all,
regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.
Eligibility / Criteria
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is open to anyone who is/has:
1. Egyptian citizen, currently studying and residing in Egypt
2. Be at least 18 years old at the time of the program’s start.
3. Completed secondary education in their home country.
4. A solid command of written and spoken English
5. Enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs only, having completed a minimum of their first
semester of study at any accredited university, public or private. Participants must have at least one
semester or an equivalent term to complete at their home institutions upon completion of the
Global UGRAD Program.
6. Applicants should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community
involvement, and extracurricular activities.
7. Preference will be given to those who have had little or NO experience in the United States or
outside of their home countries.