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Announcement - 2017 UGRAD program English

12/8/2016 4:26:41 PM





Call for Applications



The Public Affairs Section (PAS)seeks candidates for the 2017 GlobalUndergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD).  First, second, or third-year undergraduatestudents who demonstrate leadership through academic excellence, communityinvolvement, and extracurricular activities, and who have a good command ofEnglish, are invited to apply for the program.The application deadline is5:00 PM, Sunday, January 1, 2017.


Program Description


Funded by theU.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, for theacademic year 2017-2018, Global UGRAD will provide one-semester scholarships toapproximately 250 outstanding undergraduate students from underrepresentedsectors of East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Near East andNorth Africa, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the WesternHemisphere for non-degree, full-time study in the United States. Students willstudy at accredited four-year U.S. institutions of higher education, receiveintensive English language instruction if needed, and engage in communityservice, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichmentactivities. 


Global UGRADparticipants will be enrolled full time in undergraduate course work at thehost institution to allow ample opportunity for substantive interaction withU.S. faculty and student peers, and for exposure to U.S. academic and classroomculture.  Host institutions will offerinstruction on topics including academic research and writing, criticalthinking, time management, note-taking, and studying for and taking tests.Participants will live on-campus with U.S. peers or in homestays with Americanfamilies.


Students will be required toparticipate in a minimum of twenty hours of community service activities duringthe program.  Students will also berequired to enroll in at least one course in a U.S. Studies field, such as U.S.history, literature, art, or government.


Failure to meet the academicrequirements of the university and Global UGRAD program (poor grades, failureto submit assignments or attend class) may result in dismissal from GlobalUGRAD.  Participants must remain in goodacademic standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA.


Candidate Qualifications


Competition will be based on thepotential of the candidates to become student leaders through academicperformance, community involvement, and extracurricular activities, withoutregard to their field of study, race, religion, or gender.  Competition is open to all applicants who:


vAre currently enrolled in an undergraduatedegree program in Vietnam;

vWill have completed their first year ofundergraduate study by August 2017;

vHave at least one remaining semester to completeat their universities in Vietnam upon completion of the program in the UnitedStates;

vAchieved at least a 7.5 GPA in the previoussemester;

vDemonstrate a command of written and spokenEnglish;

vDemonstrate strong leadership qualities throughacademic performance, community involvement, and extracurricular activities;

vPreference will be given to those who have hadlittle or NO experience in the U.S.; and

vCommitted to return directly to Vietnam afterthe completion of the program.



How to apply?


To apply online, please click http://exchangeprograms.worldlearning.org/?go=globalUGRAD1718 to create an account and start your application forthe program.  Deadline for onlinesubmissions: 5:00 PM, Sunday, January 1,2017.  Applications submitted viae-mail, or in hard copy will not be considered.


Also, please visit the programwebsite at UGRAD website forthe full program description, program eligibility requirements, a link to theonline application and a great video of current UGRAD students in the U.S.


Applicants studying at auniversity in northern Vietnam (from Quang Tri Province to the north) can sendany questions regarding the program to:


The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program

Public AffairsSection

U.S. Embassy,7 Lang Ha, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Tel: 84-4-38505000, ext. 6034

Email: pas.culture@gmail.com 


Applicants studying at auniversity in southern Vietnam (from Thua Thien-Hue Province to the south) cansend any questions regarding the program, to:


The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program

Public AffairsSection

United StatesConsulate General

4 Le Duan,District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Tel:  (84) (8) 3520-4657

Email: PASHCMC@state.gov


Deadline for online submissions: 5:00 PM, Sunday, January 1, 2017.Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.



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