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The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) provides a diverse group of emerging student leaders with a scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study at a U.S. college or university. Global UGRAD is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and aims to recruit participants from underrepresented backgrounds who have not had other opportunities to study in the United States. Successful applicants can expect an in-depth exposure to U.S. society, culture, and academic institutions, as well as opportunities to enhance their professional skills. In addition to Global UGRAD program, a special program is designed for students from the South Caucasus for 2024 cohort, which will include various orientations and workshops. Successful UGRAD applicants will be invited to participate in this program after the interview stage.



  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the program’s start
  • Applicants must be a citizen of Azerbaijan
  • Applicants must be enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs in Azerbaijani university
  • Participants must have at least one year remaining in their undergraduate studies at their home institutions upon completion of the Global UGRAD Program.
  • Applicants should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.
  • Applicants are required to return directly to their home country after the completion of the program.
  • Applicants must have a solid command of written and spoken English (English Language training for some finalists is possible)

Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for the Global UGRAD Program:

  • Citizens and permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of their home country
  • Anyone who has already graduated from university
  • 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); 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; family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
  • Current World Learning employees and their immediate family members.
  • Recent graduates of the FLEX and SUSI program



Application and Program Timeline:

Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2023 for the 2024-2025 academic year. Participants will be placed at a U.S. university in either the fall 2024 semester (August – December 2024) or spring 2025 semester (January to May 2025).

Application Deadline: December 15, 2023

Application link: https://webportalapp.com/sp/ugrad_student_application_2024

For more information, please send an email to bakueducation@state.gov