2023 Fully Funded Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in USA

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Application Deadline: Ongoing

About the Program:

The GLOBAL Undergraduate Exchange Program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State providing one-semester scholarships to undergraduate students from underrepresented sectors for a non-degree, full-time study in the US. Students will study at accredited two and four-year US institutions of higher education, receive intensive English language instruction if needed, and engage in community service, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichment activities.

Global UGRAD participants will be enrolled full time in undergraduate course work at the host institution to allow ample opportunity for substantive interaction with US faculty and student peers, and for exposure to US academic and classroom culture. Host institutions will offer instruction on topics including academic research and writing, critical thinking, time management, note-taking, and studying for and taking tests. Participants will live on-campus with US peers or in homestays with American families.

Students cannot choose their host institution and will be placed at the most appropriate host institution based on students’ academic interests. This is a non-degree program, so it is the students’ responsibility to check with their home institutions whether any credits accumulated during the UGRAD program will be transferred.

Students will be required to participate in a minimum of twenty hours of community service activities during the program. Students will also be required to enroll in at least one course in a US Studies field, such as US history, literature, art, or government.

Failure to meet the academic requirements of the university and UGRAD program (poor grades, failure to submit assignments or attend class) may result in dismissal from Global UGRAD. Participants must remain in good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Eligibility Criteria:

Competition for the GLOBAL UGRAD program is merit-based. Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, national origin, or gender. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The competition is open to anyone who:

  • Is a citizen of Nepal

  • Is currently enrolled in first-, second-, third-, full-time undergraduate study at the time of application at a registered academic institution in Nepal and is in good academic standing.

  • Part-time students or correspondence students are not eligible;

  • Is between the ages of 18-25;

  • Submits a complete online application with all required documents by the application deadline;

  • Is able to begin the academic exchange program in the United States;

  • Is able to receive and maintain a J-1 visa;

  • Is committed to returning to his/her home country after completion of the program; and

  • Is proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.


If selected, the GLOBAL UGRAD Program will cover a participant’s:

  • J-1 visa support;
  • Round-trip coach class travel from participant’s home city to host institution in the United States;
  • Health benefits;
  • Tuition and mandatory university fees (including required books and supplies);
  • Room and board (housing and meals);
  • Settling in allowance;
  • Monthly maintenance allowance; and
  • Other special allowances where applicable.

Visit the official website for details and application