2019 Global UGRAD (Undergraduate) Exchange Program

To All NUST Students


An opportunity has arisen for you to participate in the 2019 Global UGRAD (Undergraduate) Exchange Program. For more details on the programme, please read the below document from the American Embassy.

Applications can be found at the link: T he application deadline is 2300 hrs. Monday, December 31, 2018. The Global UGRAD Program is a U.S. Department of State sponsored initiative that grants scholarships to undergraduate level students from over 55 countries. Students are placed at colleges and universities across the United States where they participate in one semester of undergraduate, nondegree study.  

Program Components: Global UGRAD participants will be enrolled in undergraduate course work at a 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. Participants will live on-campus with U.S. peers. The program will include a pre-departure orientation at the Embassy, a virtual arrival orientation, a pre-program online professional and academic skills training course, and an in-person end-of-program workshop in Washington, DC. All academic fields of study are eligible. This is a nondegree program, so it is the students’ responsibility to check with their home institutions whether any credits accumulated during the Global UGRAD program will be transferred.   

Eligibility: Students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in their home country, and must have completed their first year of undergraduate study prior to starting their Global UGRAD Program.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age when they begin their Global UGRAD Program in the United States. T hey must also have at least one semester or an equivalent term to complete at their home institutions upon completion of the Global UGRAD Program.  T he Global UGRAD program cannot be the final academic term of a student’s undergraduate study. Students will be required to participate in a minimum of twenty hours of community service activities during the program.  Students will also be required to enroll in at least two courses in their major and at least one course in a U.S. Studies field, such as U.S. history, literature, art, or government.

Procedures for candidates: Candidates may apply online. Initial candidate screenings and interviews will be conducted by the Embassy, and final selection by the Embassy will be based on each candidate’s leadership, adaptability, and motivation.

Application Package: A complete application package includes: the application, copy of passport bio page, academic transcripts for years of university study, two letters of reference, and grade equivalence between local grading system and U.S. grading system.

Successful candidates will be notified of their award status by April 1, 2018 and World L earning, the cooperating agency will begin to provide placement and tentative arrival information in June 2018. 

We look forward to receiving compelling applications from your institutions. Zimbabwean students have fared very well in this program with an alumni list of 15 students since the program’s inception in 2014! If you have any questions or need any clarification please feel free to email me.

Best, Applications should be e-mailed to with subject line 2019 Global UGRAD (Undergraduate) Exchange Program.



Gladys Thabani Tutisani

Exchanges Program Officer

U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section 7th Floor Goldbridge, Eastgate

3rd Street/Robert Mugabe Ave

P.O. Box 4010, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel: 263-4-758800/1 ext 227

Fax: 263-4-758800

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