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The deadline for application is February 28, 2021
- Global Undergraduate Exchange Program photo -

Published Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Application open for a scholarship program
to study in the U.S.

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, also known as the Global UGRAD Program, provides one-semester scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from around the world for non-degree full-time study combined with community service, professional development, and cultural enrichment.

The program is administered by World Learning on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). More than 70 diverse colleges and universities around the United States will host the students at a level of non-degree full-time undergraduate program in all academic fields of study.

The program has spots available for approximately 250 students from countries such as Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, North Macedonia, Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza), Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

Host institutions are expected to demonstrate significant cost-share commitments. Examples include, housing waivers, significant tuition discounts or scholarships, and housing and fee reductions.

The requirements to apply for the program are:

• 18 years old or older.

• A citizen of a UGRAD participating country, currently residing in that country.

• Enrolled as an undergraduate in good standing at any accredited university, public or private, and has at least one semester remaining at their home university at the conclusion of the UGRAD program.

• Completed secondary education in their home country.

• A solid command of written and spoken English, although English language training for some finalists is possible.

• Available to begin studies in the United States starting August 2021 or January 2022 (selected participants may not defer to a later date).

• Eligible to receive and maintain the U.S. student exchange visa (J-1) required for the program.

• Cleared by a physician to participate in the program.

• Committed to returning to their home country after the completion of the program.

The deadline for application is February 28, 2021. Students interested may find more information on the Exchanges State website or by calling the United States Embassy in Costa Rica, (506) 2519-2000.

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