FY2020-2021 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program-UGRAD (Deadline: Closed)

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Application Begin: November 6, 2019
Deadline: December 31, 2019

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) provides a diverse group of emerging student leaders with a scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study at a U.S. 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 under-represented, non-elite backgrounds, who have not had other opportunities to study in the United States. Successful applicants can expect an in-depth exposure to U.S. society, culture, and academic institutions, as well as opportunities to enhance their professional skills.

All participants will be enrolled in full-time, non-degree, undergraduate course work chosen from their host institution’s existing curriculum. Participants will be required to take one, 3-credit U.S. studies course to enhance their understanding of the United States. Participants will live in campus housing facilities with American peers, and will be required to participate in twenty hours of community service. There will also be a virtual arrival orientation and an in-person end-of-program workshop. 

Grant benefits include international travel, tuition, room and board, accident/sickness insurance, stipend and funds for books.

 Eligibility for the Global UGRAD Program:

  1. Applicants must be a citizen of Malaysia.
  2. Applicants must be studying in Malaysia.
  3. Scholarships will be granted to students who currently are enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs only, having completed a minimum of their first semester of study. Participants must have at least one semester or an equivalent term to complete at their home institutions upon completion of the Global UGRAD Program.
  4. Applicants should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.
  5. Applicants must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 45 IBT.
  6. Preference will be given to those who have had little or NO experience in the U.S. or outside Malaysia.
  7. Applicants are required to return directly to Malaysia after the completion of the program 
  8. Applicants are over 18 years of age.

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

  1. U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
  2. Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of their home country;
  3. 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;
  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 following the termination of employment;
  5. Current World Learning employees and their immediate family members.

The application for participation in the 2020-2021 academic cycle will be open November 6, 2019 – December 31, 2019 5:00 pm EST.

Prospective applicants should request for academic transcripts and letters of recommendation as soon as possible, as you will not be able to add additional information after the December 31 application closing. 

For application information and instructions, please visit  Global UGRAD online application

All required documents must be uploaded online prior to the deadline as applicant will not be able to access the online system after 31, 2019.

For more information:

For inquiries, please call or e-mail at kalis@macee.org.my or call 03-21668878 ext 24