Global UGrad Undergraduate Exchange Program | Philippine Scholarship

Global UGrad Undergraduate Exchange Program

The Global UGrad 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 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program provides non-degree undergraduate study abroad in the United States on a competitive basis to university students.


Participants are emerging leaders committed to their home communities.  During the Program, Global UGRAD participants challenge themselves to explore U.S. society, culture, and academic learning.  They also participate in community service and enhance their professional skills.


Two organizations administer the Global UGRAD Program on behalf of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Application deadlines vary by program and region.


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.


You are not eligible if you are currently studying, residing or working outside of your home country. You cannot apply also if you are local employees of the US missions abroad who work for the US Department of State or the US Agency for International Development (USAID).




Over 18 years of age


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 (English Language training for some finalists is possible);


Able to begin studies in the United States in August 2019 or January 2020 (selected participants may not defer to a later date)


Eligible to receive and maintain the US 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 program includes pre-academic English language training, academic coursework, service learning opportunities, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichment activities.


Global UGRAD is a substantive exchange program designed to expose students to the U.S. educational system, society, and culture. Finalists represent diverse disciplines, from architecture to engineering, biochemistry to literature and education.


A small number of students will also receive additional English language training in the US prior to the start of their academic program. Competition for the program is highly competitive and merit-based.


Global UGRAD is open to all academic fields of study and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or disability. Finalists will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential, and their preparedness for study in the United States.


Further reading,



Eligibility check page

Complete the eligibility check on the World Learning Website to determine if you are a good fit for the program


If you are not a strong candidate for this program, the eligibility check will warn you, but you may still continue to complete an application


If you are a strong candidate for this program, you’ll be automatically directed to proceed creating an account and start the application


Eligibility Check,



Sample questions would be

Are you an aspiring leader with citizenship in the Philippines?

Will you be 18 years old by August 1?

Are you a full time, undergraduate student in your country of citizenship?

Can you communicate in English?




Please send the following in a .doc, .docx, .pdf or .jpeg format

Passport or government issued ID

Official college or university transcript

Academic letter of recommendation

Personal letter of recommendation


See the PDF below for more information

Global UGrad Undergraduate Exchange Program



The scholarship will cover international travel, tuition, room and board, accident/sickness insurance, a small monthly stipend, and funding for books.



Program design

Global UGRAD participants will be enrolled in an undergraduate coursework at a U.S. college or university to allow ample opportunity for substantive interaction with U.S. faculty and student peers and for exposure to U.S. academic and classroom culture.


Global UGRAD participants will live on-campus with U.S. peers. The program will include a pre-departure orientation at US Embassy Philippines, a virtual arrival orientation, and an in-person end-of-program workshop in Washington, DC.


Students may indicate a preference for a fall or spring semester placement but final placement will be made by the implementing organization in conjunction with ECA.  (Please note: All students who are enrolled in pre-academic English will begin their program in the fall semester.)


The Global UGRAD Program is a non-degree program.  The Global UGRAD Program does not assist with credit transfers between participants’ host and home institutions.


Any credit transfers are the sole responsibility of the participants. Please note that the implementing organization cannot guarantee the availability of specific courses to students.


Students are required to participate in a minimum of twenty hours of community service activities during the program.  Students are required to enroll in at least two courses in their major and at least one course in a U.S. Studies field, such as U.S. history, literature, art, or government.


Students must adhere to the host campus code of conduct as well as the terms and conditions of the Global UGRAD program.


Participants must remain in good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Failure to meet these requirements may result in dismissal from the Global UGRAD program.



Eligible fields

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 US institutions may be limited.



Host institutions

Students cannot choose their host campus.  The implementing organization will place students at the most appropriate host campus based on students’ academic interests.


The Global UGRAD Program includes a diverse roster of host campuses throughout the United States, including colleges and universities in rural and urban areas, and Minority Serving Institutions.



Pre-academic English

Global UGRAD provides one semester of pre-academic English language training to students who need it.  Students needing pre-academic English will receive English language training during the fall semester and continue with coursework in their fields of study during the spring semester.


Please contact the US embassy or Fulbright Commission in your country for any questions related to the eligibility of this program. Global UGRAD is sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by World Learning on behalf of ECA.




World Learning will manage international travel.  To facilitate participant travel, each participant should have a passport valid for at least six months after the program end-date.  Passport information not submitted by a participant with the application package must be submitted by the participant no later than two months prior to the participant’s expected arrival.


This international educational and cultural exchange program brings future leaders to the United States to experience the U.S. educational system, enhance their knowledge, and explore U.S. culture and values.


It also affords students the opportunity to share their cultures and traditions with people in the United States. Students may access the application online, by computer or mobile phone.




Global UGRAD Program Application


Please read all instructions and information carefully before completing the application, and review all fields before making any submission online.  The application can be saved and submitted at a later time. All forms in this application are to be completed in English.


For more information, please visit the program websites at or contact the U.S. Embassy in your home country for further details and eligibility requirements.



Submit your application to


Global UGRAD Program Application



The US Embassy (Public Affairs Section) or Fulbright Commission in your country


Contact information

World Learning

Global Undergraduate Exchange Program

1015 15th Street NW, 7th Floor

Washington DC 20015

Telephone: +1 202 408 5420

Email 1:

Email 2:


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