The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) in Eurasia and Central Asia is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. The Global UGRAD program provides opportunities for full-time undergraduate students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to spend one academic year of non-degree study in a US university or community college. Participants are selected through an open, merit-based competition.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and administered by IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board).

Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (Global UGRAD), a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and supported by the people of the United States, provides opportunities for full time undergraduate students for full-time, non-degree study in the United States.

Participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and the Russian Federation will spend one semester of non-degree study in a US university or community college. Participants from Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan will spend one academic year of non-degree study in a US university or community college. 

First-year students will attend two-year community colleges and live in campus housing (dormitories) or with American host families. All other students will attend four-year universities and colleges and will live in campus housing (dormitories). Participants may not choose their U.S. host university/college or community

All students must return to their home academic institution for a minimum of one full term (semester or year) following the end of the Global UGRAD program.

All participants will:

  • Attend classes full-time for one academic year;
  • Perform a minimum of 20 hours of community service in their host city during the first semester; and
  • Complete a part-time internship during their second semester; part-time internships during the second semester for academic year participants and Workplace Excellence professional field trips for semester participants

Students in their 1st-year at the time of application will live with host families or in dormitories and will be enrolled in two-year community colleges. All other students will live in dormitories at four-year colleges and universities.

The fellowship is fully funded and provides:

  • J-1 Visa Support;
  • Round-trip travel from fellow's home city to host institution in the United States;
  • Accident and sickness coverage;
  • Tuition and mandatory university fees;
  • Room and board (housing and meals);
  • Small incidentals allowance;
  • Limited allowance for books; and
  • A wide variety of alumni networking and training opportunities.

See application for eligibility requirements and selection criteria.

The deadline for the Global UGRAD  2014-2015 has passed. Please check our website in Autumn 2014 for more information.

Please read the instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) carefully prior to beginning the application.

Online Application:
Applicants are encouraged to complete the application online. Please read the instructions carefully prior to beginning the application.

  • Online Application Instructions

  • Start your Online Application Now!

 IMPORTANT NOTE: IREX strongly recommends that you submit your online application prior to February 28, 2014. The high volume of application submissions that day may slow the online system. This can create challenges for those submitting applications in areas with low bandwidth.

Paper Application:
Applicants who cannot complete the application online may download and complete a paper application (two parts). Three (3) complete copies of all application materials must be received by an IREX office in your country of citizenship in one package by 5 p.m. local time on February 28, 2014, Friday.

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You can also follow this link to begin the application process and find out more about current program eligibility requirements: UGRAD Application Information

Personal Data Privacy Form: In accordance with local law, applicants from Russia and Ukraine are required to submit a personal data privacy form.  All applicants from Russia and Ukraine, regardless of whether they choose to submit an online or paper application, are required to drop off or mail an original, signed version of the personal data privacy form to their country office. You may click here for our address: IREX office in Ukraine. You can download the form here: Ukraine Privacy Form .

Global UGRAD in Eurasia & Central Asia Recruitment Video

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Advice on Academic Integrity
Candidates preparing an application for the Global UGRAD program should carefully read these important tips on Academic Integrity.

Advice on Test Preparation
Candidates who are selected as semi-finalists will sit for the TOEFL standardized exam. This test can play an important role in determining admissions to a university. Studying for this exam early and often can help improve your performance. Please review important Advice for Test Takers.

For more information about preparing for the TOEFL and other exams, please contact the Education USA center at . The EAC Library is funded by the U.S. Department of State and features preparation manuals and computer programs for the standardized ETS tests. You can also visit , which is the website for the company that provides the exams. NOTE:  You DO NOT need to take the exams in order to apply for the fellowship programs. You will only need to take the exams after you pass the semifinalist stage of the programs.

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4.12 Project Smile is now accepting applications on a Rolling Basis! Please apply now!

IREX is pleased to announce Project Smile, an initiative that aims to improve the lives of Eurasian children, the elderly or people with disabilities through alumni-driven community-based activities. The program will not only benefit under-served people, but will provide alumni with further professional development opportunities.

20.02 Request for proposals to conduct individual coaching sessions for Bibliomist staff

As part of the Professional Development program IREX would like to provide its staff with additional benefit in a form of the coaching sessions to enhance Bibliomist employees’ ability to successfully develop their careers after the closure of the project.

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