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



The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) offers a diverse group of emerging student leaders a scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study at a US college or university. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and aims to recruit participants from underrepresented backgrounds who have not had other opportunities to study in the United States. Successful candidates can expect in-depth exposure to American society, culture, and academic institutions, as well as opportunities to enhance their professional skills. All academic fields of study are eligible.* In accordance with J-1 visa regulations, for students of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, or other areas of clinical study, direct patient care, including animal care, are not permitted, and therefore academic courses and/or program activities at participating U.S. institutions may be limited.)

Participants will be placed at a US university in the Fall 2023 semester (August – December 2023) or the Spring 2024 semester (January – 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 undergraduate courses chosen from the existing curriculum at their host institution. Students must enroll in at least two courses in their major and at least one course in a field of American studies, such as history, literature, art, or United States government. Students are required to participate in a minimum of twenty hours of community service activities during the program. Global UGRAD participants will live in on-campus housing with US peers. The program will include a pre-departure orientation at Post, a virtual orientation upon arrival, and an in-person program symposium in Washington, DC.

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

Eligibility for the UGRAD Global Program:

  1. Applicants must be citizens of the country in which they are applying for the UGRAD Global Program, currently residing in that country.
  2. Applicants must be studying in the country in which they are applying for the UGRAD Global Program.
  3. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduate students in good standing at an accredited university. Participants must have at least one semester or equivalent duration at their home university upon completion of the Global UGRAD program.
  4. Applicants must demonstrate their leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.
  5. Applicants should have a strong command of written and spoken English.
  6. Preference will be given to those with little or no experience in the United States or outside of their home country.
  7. Applicants are required to return directly to their home country after completion of the program.
  8. Applicants must be over 18 years old.
  9. Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. (

Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for the UGRAD Global Program:

  1. United States citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
  2. Individuals currently studying, residing or working outside their home country;
  3. Local employees of 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 after termination of employment;
  4. 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 after termination.

Before You Begin/Helpful Hints:

  • Prospective participants should request their transcripts and letters of recommendation as soon as possible, as they will not be able to add any additional information after the December 15, 2022 deadline. They can provide English translations of their updated transcripts. updated once they have been selected as finalists or alternates.
  • Student Recommendation Guidelines. (PDF 400 KB)
  • Be patient and persistent! It takes more than two hours to submit a quality proposal.

For more information, write to: [email protected]


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