Global Undergraduate Program (UGRAD) in USA 2023-24

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In 2010, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) within the United States Department of State introduced the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program – Pakistan, commonly known as Global UGRAD-Pakistan.

Since its inception, the Global UGRAD initiative has garnered significant popularity among Pakistani university students. The inaugural cohort of 100 fellows from the 2010-11 Global UGRAD-Pakistan program returned to Pakistan to continue their undergraduate studies at local universities.

This program offers a unique opportunity for cultural and academic exchange through a non-degree program, allowing participants to spend a semester at a U.S. university.

To be eligible for the Global UGRAD-Pakistan program, applicants must be either in their 14th or 15th year of formal education. Both students pursuing four-year bachelor’s programs and those in two-year bachelor’s programs are welcome to apply.

Current Status Open
Deadline September 27, 2023


Tentative Announcement September/ October
Duration Cycle, One semester – approximately half attend in the fall and the other half in the spring
Grantees start studies Cycle, Fall next year

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Global UGRAD-Pakistan program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Be Pakistani citizens
Be 25 years of age or younger
Currently enrolled in a college or university and committed to returning to their home universities following the completion of the program
Be in either their 14th or 15th year of formal education
Applicants are required to submit both their current/most recent and old transcripts with the application

Academic Pathways

Both students enrolled in four-year bachelor’s programs and those pursuing two-year bachelor’s programs are eligible to apply. This inclusivity ensures a broad representation of Pakistani students in the program.


Please note that the following individuals are ineligible for the Global UGRAD program:

Dual U.S./Pakistani nationals or U.S. permanent residents
Employees of the Fulbright organization, the U.S. Department of State, or USAID, along with their spouses, children, fiancés, siblings, dependents, and parents
Students in their first or final year of university

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Frequently Asked Questions

For whom is this program intended?

The program is intended for Pakistani citizens aged 25 or younger who are currently enrolled in college or university and committed to returning to their home universities after the program.

What is included in the Undergraduate exchange grant?

The grant typically covers tuition, living expenses, international travel, and health insurance, offering a comprehensive support package for participants.

If I’m selected, when will I begin my studies in the US?

Grantees typically begin their studies in the United States in the fall of the year following their selection.

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