Global Undergraduate Exchange Program
Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia
Competition for the 2015-2016 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) is announced for the Belarusian students.
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is supported by the people of the United States. The Global UGRAD program provides opportunities for undergraduate students for full-time non-degree study in the United States. Students must have at least one term remaining at their home institutions upon completion of the program. Participants are selected through an open, merit-based competition. Finalists will spend one semester of non-degree study in a US university or community college.
Global UGRAD is open to all academic fields of study and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or disability. Competition for the program is highly competitive and merit based. Finalists will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential, and their preparedness for study in the United States.
The Global UGRAD Program is open to anyone who is/has:
• over 18 years of age;
• a citizen of a UGRAD participating country, currently residing in that country;
• enrolled as an undergraduate in good standing at any accredited university, public or private, and has at least one semester remaining at their home university at the conclusion of the UGRAD program;
• completed secondary education in their home country;
• a solid command of written and spoken English (English Language training for some finalists is possible);
• able to begin studies in the United States in August 2015 (for English Language training) or January 2016 (selected participants may not defer to a later date);
• eligible to receive and maintain the US student exchange visa (J-1) required for the program;• cleared by a physician to participate in the program;
• committed to returning to their home country after the completion of the program in May 2016.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 of their home country;
• 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.
Application Deadline for Belarus: Sunday, February 22, 2015
Applications can be filled in and submitted online at http://exchangeprograms.worldlearning.org/index.cfm?FuseAction=Abroad.ViewDocument&File_ID=52945
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