AnnouncementGLOBAL UGRAD 2014-2015
12.02.2014

International Research & Exchange Board (IREX)

2014 - 2015 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia & Central Asia (Global UGRAD)

 
OPEN TO/ ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:  
 
Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, national origin or gender. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Competition for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is merit-based and open to anyone who:
- Is a citizen, national or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid passport issued by the country of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan;
- Is currently residing in one of the following eligible countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan;
- Is enrolled as a full time undergraduate student in good academic standing at the time of application at a registered academic institution, public or private, in one of the 12 eligible countries. Correspondence students in Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are also eligible to apply;
- Has satisfactorily completed at least one semester for which he/ she will obtain some of her/ his final grades;
- Is not enrolled in her/ his final year of studies at the time of application;
- Is at least 18 years old at the start of the program; 
- Submits a complete online application with all required documents by the application deadline;
- Is able to begin the academic exchange program in the United States in the fall of 2014;
- Is able to receive and maintain a U.S. J-1 visa;
- Is physically able to complete the program in its entirety;
- Is committed to returning to their home country after the completion of the program;
- Is proficient in spoken and written English language at the time of application.
 
START DATE/ TIME:  August/ September 2014
 
DURATION:  1 academic term
 
LOCATION:  United States of America
 
DETAIL DESCRIPTION:  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 U.S. Department of State and is supported by the people of the United States. The Global UGRAD program provides opportunities for undergraduate students for full-time non-degree study in the United States. Students must have at least 1 term remaining at their home institutions upon completion of the program. Participants are selected through an open, merit-based competition.
Participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and the Russian Federation will spend 1 semester of non-degree study in a US university or community college. Participants from Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan will spend 1 academic year of non-degree study in a US university or community college. 
 
All participants will:
- Attend classes full time during their academic program;
- Perform at least 20 hours of community service in their host city;
- Complete a professional development component during their program: 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 2-year community colleges. All other students will live in dormitories at 4-year colleges and universities.
 
The fellowship is fully funded and provides:
- J-1 Visa Support;
- Round-trip travel from participant’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;
- Wide variety of alumni networking and training opportunities.
 
APPLICATION PROCEDURES:  
 
Application instructions:
- Submit completed original and 2 copies of the Global UGRAD 2014 - 2015 Application and Supplemental Form;
- Answer all questions on the application in English language (except where specified);
- Include full, legal name, family name (surname) first as spelled on their international passport (if available). Please, do not translate name spellings (for example write Mariya and not Mary);
- Include complete contact information (including index codes for all addresses and city/ country codes for all phone and fax numbers). Do not translate street or city names into English language, only into the English alphabet (for example, write "Prospekt Mira" instead of "Peace Avenue");
- Do not leave a space blank. If a question does not apply to you, enter "N/A" (not applicable);
- All forms and supporting materials should be typewritten (if possible) and submitted with the completed application. Handwritten applications must be neatly printed in black ink;
- Write full name and country of citizenship in the top right corner of each page.
 
All applicants must include a completed Supplemental Form in addition to the application. Please read and follow all instructions carefully in order to have a properly completed application. The Supplemental Form is one document and includes the following:
- Additional questions: applicants must provide information about how they heard about the Global UGRAD program, plans to apply for other sponsored educational exchange programs and the size of their home city;
- Personal Statement A: applicants must describe why they would like to study in the US, past experiences, what they will learn about America, and how the program will help their professional/ personal goals;
- Personal Statement B: applicants must define what a Global Citizen means to them, describe the importance of being a Global Citizen, and provide examples of how they have acted as a Global Citizen in the past;
- Personal Statement C: applicants must introduce themselves to future American roommates and/ or host families by describing their interests, hobbies, family, home communities, what they hope to do in the US, and their past accomplishments;
- IREX Privacy Statement and Application Certification: applicants must read and sign this form in order to verify that they understand IREX’s privacy policy and that they have completed their applications truthfully;
- 2 Recommendation Forms: applicants must have a recommendation completed by 2 different people for a total of 2 recommendations. If the recommendation form is completed in a language other than the English language, there must be an accurate translation, which may be done by the applicant;
- Additional Course Listings Form: this is a continuation of question #14 on the application, providing additional space for the applicants to detail university course history. Applicants must list the academic year the course was taken, the course title, and the grade received for the course in order for the form to be completed. If there was no grade for a course, please indicate either “pass” or “fail”. 1st-year students must list courses from final year of secondary school in order for the form to be completed. 1st- and 2nd-year students must list at least 5 courses in order for the Course Listings Form to be considered complete. 3rd- and 4th-year students must list at least 12 courses in order for the Course Listings Form to be considered complete.
 
The U.S. Department of State and IREX reserve the right to verify all of the information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible. Applications not meeting the above mentioned technical eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee. 
 
OPENING DATE:  10 February 2014
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  28 February 2014, 5:00 PM
 
ABOUT COMPANY:  IREX is an international non-profit organization providing programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media and foster pluralistic civil society development. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of $60 million and a staff of over 400 professionals worldwide. IREX and its partner IREX Europe deliver programs in more than 100 countries.
 
ATTACHMENTS:
Global UGRAD Application Package - 2014-2015 Global UGRAD Application Package.zip 
Lecture Series Combined Flyer - 2014 UGRAD Lecture Series Combined Flyer.pdf.zip 
2014 - 2015 Global UGRAD Flyer - 2014 - 2015 Global UGRAD Flyer.pdf.zip 
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