Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD)

2020-2021 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD)

DEADLINE TO APPLY: December 31, 2018 

We are pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for one semester (approximately five months) of undergraduate study at a U.S. college or university. The UGRAD Program offers emerging student leaders scholarships for undergraduate, non-degree studies at accredited U.S. colleges and universities from January 2021 until approximately May 2021. A limited number of students will also receive intensive English training from August-December 2020.

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.

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. English training will take place in the fall semester of 2020 (August-December); the academic portion will commence for all students in the spring semester of 2021 (January-May).

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
  • Between the ages of 18-25
  • 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. The recommended minimum TOEFL score is 6.1. The recommended minimum score for the IELTS is 5.0. 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
  • Able to begin the academic exchange program in the United States in January 2021 or August 2020 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 January. 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 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 UGRAD participants. Results will be announced in/around April 2020.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: TBD, please check back for updates on how to apply

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