Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD)

2021-2022 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD)


DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 15th, 2021

The Public Affairs section at the U.S. Embassy Maputo welcomes applications for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, a scholarship opportunity for one semester (approximately five months) of undergraduate study at a U.S. college or university.

Program Design

Global UGRAD will provide one-semester scholarships for non-degree, full-time study in the United States to approximately 245 outstanding undergraduate students from students representing all world regions to study at U.S. colleges and universities. Students will study at accredited two- and four-year U.S. institutions of higher education, receive intensive English language instruction if needed, and engage in community service, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichment activities. UGRAD participants will be enrolled full time in undergraduate course work at the host institution to allow ample opportunity for substantive interaction with U.S. faculty and student peers, and for exposure to U.S. academic and classroom culture. Host institutions will offer instruction on topics including academic research and writing, critical thinking, time management, note-taking, and test taking. Participants will live on-campus with U.S. peers or with American host families and will be required to participate in twenty hours of community service. There will also be a virtual arrival orientation and an in-person end-of-program workshop.

Students cannot choose their host institution and will be placed at the most appropriate host institution based on their academic interests. This is a non-degree program, so it is the students’ responsibility to check with their home institutions whether any credits accumulated during the UGRAD program will be transferred.

Global UGRAD will provide one additional semester of English language training to a limited number of students.

Participant Eligibility

UGRAD is a merit-based competition.  Students from diverse backgrounds and/or under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a desire to participate in community service and leadership activities. Students must return to their home country after completion of the program. All fields of study are eligible, including social sciences, humanities, education, natural sciences, applied sciences, and mathematics.

Applicants must be:

  • Mozambican citizens, nationals or permanent residents qualified to hold a valid passport, be at least 18 years old at the time of the program’s start.
  • Proficient in written and spoken English. Only applicants selected as nominees are required to take the TOEFL and testing will be provided to them free of charge. Applicants must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 48 (iBT). Applicants who have taken the TOEFL in the past should submit a copy of their score report with their application.
  • Enrolled in their first, second, or third year in a full-time university bachelor’s degree (Licenciatura) program in Mozambique at the time of application, and in good academic standing.
  • Have at least one semester remaining upon program end.
  • Able to begin the academic exchange program in the United States in January 2022 or August 2021 if intensive English training is required.
  • Committed to returning to Mozambique after completion of the program.

Reminder: UGRAD is NOT a degree-granting program. Participants must check with their home universities regarding whether credits accumulated during the program can be transferred.

Selection Process

The UGRAD Program is highly competitive and only a limited number of applicants from Mozambique will be selected. Applicants must fulfill the eligibility criteria above to be considered. Qualified applicants will be interviewed in English by the U.S. Embassy Selection Committee in February. Semi-finalists selected from this group will be required to take the TOEFL exam in Maputo afterwards. The U.S. Embassy will select nominees for the Global UGRAD Program based on leadership potential, commitment to civic engagement and community service, academic achievement, flexibility and adaptability, and interest in mutual understanding between Mozambique and the United States. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will review global nominations and make the final selection of Global UGRAD participants. Results will be announced in/around June 15, 2021.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 15th, 2021

HOW TO APPLY:  Global UGRAD online application

A full and complete Global UGRAD student application package includes the following documents: completed application form, copy of passport bio page, academic transcripts for years of university study, and two letters of reference.

For more information on the GLOBAL UGRAD Program, visit, or e-mail