Global Undergraduate Exchange Program 2023/24 – U.S. Embassy in Serbia


The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) provides a diverse group of emerging student leaders with scholarships for one semester of undergraduate study at their assigned college or university. This program is funded by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs at 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 full exposure to US society, culture and academic institutions, as well as opportunities to develop their professional skills. All fields of study are eligible.* Pursuant to J-1 visa regulations, for students of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacology or other areas of medical education, direct patient care, including animal care , is not permitted, therefore academic work and/or program activities. at participating US facilities may be reduced.)

Participants will be placed at a US university in the fall semester of 2023 (August – December 2023) or the spring semester of 2024 (January to May 2024). The scholarship covers international travel, tuition, room and board, medical insurance, required books and a small monthly stipend. All participants will be enrolled in full-time, non-degree courses of their choice from the host institution’s academic program. Students must enroll in at least two courses in their major and at least one course in a US Studies field, such as US history, literature, art or government. Students must participate in a minimum of twenty hours of community service during the program. Global UGRAD participants will live in campus residences with American peers. The program will include an initial Post departure study, approach, and individual program symposium in Washington, DC.

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For application information and instructions, and to apply please visit UGRAD’s global online resource

Eligibility for the Global UGRAD Program:

  1. Applicants must be a citizen of the country in which they are applying for the Global UGRAD Program, currently residing in that country.
  2. Applicants must study in the country where they are applying for the Global UGRAD Program.
  3. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate, in good standing, at any accredited university. Participants must have at least one semester or equivalent remaining at their home university at the end of the Global UGRAD Program.
  4. Applicants must demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.
  5. Applicants must have a solid command of written and spoken English.
  6. Preference will be given to those with limited or CURRENT experience in the United States or outside of their home countries.
  7. Applicants must return to their home country directly after the completion of the program.
  8. Applicants must be over 18 years of age.
  9. Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. (

People in the following situations are not eligible for the Global UGRAD Program:

  1. US citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
  2. People who are currently studying, living, or working abroad;
  3. Local employees of US missions abroad who work for the US Department of State and/or the US Agency for International Development (USAID); employees are also ineligible for one year after termination of employment;
  4. Immediate family members (ie, spouses and children) of US State Department and USAID employees; family members are also ineligible for one year after termination of employment.

Before you start / Useful tips:

  • Prospective participants should request their transcripts and letters of recommendation as soon as possible, as they will not be able to add additional information after the deadline of December 15, 2022. They may submit with English translations of their articles revised once they have been selected as finalists or alternates.
  • Student recommendation guidelines. (PDF 400 KB)
  • Be patient and persevere! It takes more than two hours to deliver a value proposition.

For more information please write to: [email protected]


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