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I am a junior in college, where can I learn about the UGRAD Program?

The UGRAD Program is the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program of the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It provides scholarships for one semester or one academic year of U.S. study in a non-degree program. The goal of the program is to provide a diverse group of students, from non-elite and under-represented groups from across East Asia, with a substantive exchange experience at a U.S college or university. The program is funded and organized by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Global UGRAD Program participants must return to their home countries upon completion of the program and may not stay on for degree study in the U.S.

The Global UGRAD Program for East Asia builds upon the successful model of a one semester/one academic year undergraduate program that ECA recently launched for students from other parts of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. These exchanges exemplify ECA's ongoing commitment to provide a large and diverse group of promising students with in-depth exposure to U.S. society and culture through substantive academic experiences at college and universities across the U.S.

The Global UGRAD Program provides one semester and academic year scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from non-elite, under-represented sectors of society for non-degree undergraduate study at accredited U.S. two and four year institutions. In consultation with U.S. diplomatic posts overseas, ECA in Washington D.C. will approve a final list of candidates from among the following countries: Burma, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, etc.

For the academic year 2008-09, the Program will place approximately 90 participants at U.S. colleges and universities. There will be approximately 40 academic one year scholarships (10 months) and 50 one semester scholarships (5 months). The length of the scholarship will depend upon the student applicant's interests and availability, as well as placement options in the U.S. All students will be provided ample opportunity to interact with their university environment, including taking part in community service activities. In addition, all participants will be eligible for two to four weeks of intensive English language instruction in the U.S. prior to the start of the academic portion of their program.

Scholarships will be granted to students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in an eligible country, and who have completed their first, second, or third year of undergraduate study. Candidates should be highly motivated students from non-elite and non-privileged backgrounds, represent a mix of urban and rural backgrounds, have an interest in community service, have strong English language skills, and who have little or no experience in the U.S. and elsewhere outside their native countries.

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