The Embassy of the United States of America in Bosnia and Herzegovina is pleased to announce the academic year 2017-2018 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) competition for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The program provides a diverse group of emerging leaders from over 60 countries with a scholarship for one semester of non-degree, full-time academic study at a U.S. college or university, combined with community service, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichment activities. Participants can expect an in-depth exposure to U.S. society, culture, and academic institutions as well as an opportunity to enhance their professional skills. Global UGRAD also offers students the opportunity to share their cultures and traditions with U.S. peers and helps promote mutual understanding between the two nations.
Apply online for the 2017-2018 Global UGRAD from November 2, 2016 through December 31, 2016 at 5:00 pm EST or 23:00 local time.
Candidates should be highly motivated and demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. The scholarship will cover international travel, tuition, room and board, accident/sickness insurance, a small monthly stipend, and funding for books. Global UGRAD is a non-degree program. It is the students’ responsibility to verify with their home institutions whether any credits accumulated during the Global UGRAD program will be transferred.
Participants will be placed at the most appropriate host institution based on students’ academic interests. Participants will be enrolled in full-time, non-degree, undergraduate course work chosen from their host institution’s existing curriculum. Participants will be required to enroll in at least two courses in their major and at least one 3-credit U.S. studies course (such as U.S. history, literature, art, or government) to enhance their understanding of the United States. Students must also participate in a minimum of 20 hours of community service activities.
Global UGRAD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or disability. Students from non-elite or less-privileged backgrounds—from both rural and urban areas—are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those who have had little or no prior experience in the United States or overseas.
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 note 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.
The Global UGRAD is open to anyone who is/has:
• At least 18 years of age at the beginning of the Global UGRAD in the United States
• A Bosnia and Herzegovina citizen qualified to hold a valid passport and currently residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Completed secondary education in Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Enrolled full-time in good standing as an undergraduate at any accredited university, public or private, in Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Completed their first year of undergraduate study prior to starting the Global UGRAD in the United States
•Has at least one semester or equivalent term to complete at their home university at the conclusion of the Global UGRAD. The Global UGRAD program cannot be the final academic term of a student’s undergraduate study
•A solid command of written and spoken English (finalists must take the TOEFL exam; English Language training for some finalists may be possible)
•Able to begin studies in the United States in August 2017 or January 2018 (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 (finalists only)
•Committed to returning directly to Bosnia and Herzegovina after the completion of the program for a minimum of two years.
• U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States
• Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Local employees are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment
• Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children) of U.S. Department of State and USAID employees. Immediate family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment
• Current World Learning employees and their immediate family members.
Interested applicants must apply to the U.S. Embassy Sarajevo using the official Global UGRAD online application system. After national selection, final nominations are reviewed in the United States by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program selection process is highly competitive. Applicants are encouraged to submit a thorough application that illustrates qualifications, leadership potential, and preparedness for study in the United States. Successful candidates will be notified of their awards by spring 2017.
The online application package (browsers Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are recommended) must include the following supporting documents:
• Academic transcripts for years of university study. First year university applicants only must include transcripts for years of high schools study, if university transcripts are not available. Finalists must provide official academic transcripts with certified English translations
• Two letters of recommendation (signed and/or stamped by the recommender; if not in English, an accurate translation must be attached)
• Portfolio (optional; examples: art, architecture, etc.)
• Copy of passport biographical page.
For more program and application information, visit the World Learning’s webpage for Global UGRAD.
Only complete applications will be considered for the program.
For additional information, contact the Academic Exchange Coordinator via email: [email protected] or tel: 033-704-066.