Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded scholarship for undergraduate level students from over 60 countries to participate in an academic and cultural exchange. Students are placed at colleges and universities across the United States where they participate in one semester of undergraduate, non-degree full-time study combined with community service, cultural enrichment, and professional development.
Through various academic and cultural activities, students get to experience the United States in a unique and meaningful way and leave the U.S. with the tools to become committed leaders in their professions and home communities. Participants of completed the program also gain access to a variety of activities and grants available only to U.S. Department of State alumni. The Global UGRAD program is administered by World Learning, an international non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. Since 2008, World Learning has facilitated the placement of almost 1,800 Global UGRAD students, and more than forty outstanding undergraduate students from regional universities in Thailand have participated in this program.
The Global UGRAD participants will receive funding for tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, a monthly stipend, health and accident coverage insurance, book allowance, international travel (including ground transportation) to and from the academic site, and relevant U.S taxes on the scholarship.
For Thailand, the selection process for the Global UGRAD program is administered by Thailand United States Educational Foundation (TUSEF/Fulbright Thailand) on behalf of the U.S. Embassy Bangkok. Nominations will then be submitted to the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) for final approval. World Learning will arrange university placements and travels for students.
One semester of undergraduate, non-degree full-time study (4 months)
FIELD OF STUDY
All academic fields of study are eligible.
Per J-1 visa regulations, interested applicants in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, or other clinical fields of study should be made aware that direct patient care, including animal care, is not permitted, and therefore academic coursework and/or program activities at participating U.S. institutions may be limited.
NO. OF GRANTS
Approximately 2-4 grants per year
November-December of each year
ELIGIBILITY FOR THAI APPLICANTS
- Be a Thai citizen in good health.
- Be at least 18 years of age by the start state of the Global UGRAD Program in the U.S.
- Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program one of the provincial universities in Thailand. Undergraduate students with disabilities, whether studying in Bangkok metropolitan area or elsewhere in Thailand, are encouraged to apply.
- Have completed their first year of undergraduate study prior to starting their Global UGRAD Program and have at least one semester or an equivalent term remaining to complete home institutions upon return after the Global UGRAD Program.
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.
- Be highly motivated and demonstrate distinct leadership through academic work, active community involvement, and extracurricular activities.
- Have little or no prior experience in the U.S. or elsewhere outside Thailand.
- The Global UGRAD Program is a non-degree program. Credits gained may or may not be transferred to home institutions. Any credit transfers are the sole responsibility of the participants.
- The Global UGRAD program cannot be the final academic term of a student’s undergraduate study.
- Applicants must be committed to return directly to Thailand after the completion of the program. No extension is permitted.
- Final selection decision is made by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
- TOEFL is not required at the time of application, but all nominated students (finalists and alternates) must take an official TOEFL iBT® exam. Each student will be provided with a TOEFL iBT® voucher.
- An online application (system will be open during application period)
- Two essays in the topics listed on the online application system
- Original academic transcripts for years of university study (English)
- Two letters of recommendation (English)
- A copy of passport bio page
For more details, please refer to each year’s official scholarship announcement, which will be available on Fulbright Thailand’s website during the application period.
- Global UGRAD Program by World Learning
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)