Global Undergraduate Exchange Program
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (Global UGRAD), a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, provides opportunities for 1st-, 2nd-, 3rd-, and 4th-year undergraduate students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan for one year of full-time, non-degree study in the United States. First-year students will attend two-year community colleges and live in campus housing (dormitories) or with American host families. All other students will attend four-year universities and colleges and will live in campus housing (dormitories). Fellows may not choose their U.S. host university/college or community college.
Under the terms of this grant and the laws governing the J-1 visa required for participation in the Global UGRAD Program, fellows must return to their home country immediately upon completion of the program for a period of at least two years. Fellows are not eligible for visa extensions or transfers (for example J1 to F1) under any circumstances. No exceptions will be made.
Below are some of the possible fields of study for Global UGRAD. Other fields will also be considered.
- Computer science
- Criminal justice
- Environmental management
- Hospitality management
- International relations
- Mass Communications
- Political Science
- Urban planning
- U.S. studies
Community Service: To expose fellows to the principles of community service and social responsibility in the United States, Global UGRAD fellows will be required to perform a minimum of 20 hours of community service to local organizations during their first semester.
Part-Time Internship: Internships provide an essential opportunity for fellows to gain professional experience and skills that can be applied in their future careers in their home countries. Global UGRAD fellows on a full academic year scholarship will be required to intern 40 hours per month during their second semester. Each fellow’s internship must be related to their field of study. Fellows may secure paid internships but most internships will be unpaid.
The deadline for applications for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is 5:00 PM, MONDAY, January 14, 2013. Applications may be submitted by email to UGRADBelarus@yahoo.com. Late applications will not be accepted. Please follow all instructions carefully.
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