Global undergraduate exchange program (UGRAD) in 2020

Global UGRAD Pakistan was launched the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program Pakistan In 2020 by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States Department of State.

Global undergraduate exchange program (UGRAD) in 2020The program in Pakistan is administered by the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) and in the United States by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX).

The Global UGRAD has gained immense popularity among the Pakistani university going students within a short life-span. Global UGRAD Pakistan returned to Pakistan with the first batch of 100 fellows of the 2010-11 to complete their undergraduate degrees at Pakistani universities.

The Global UGRAD program is designed to award undergraduate Pakistani students enrolled at a university in Pakistan. The Global UGRAD-Pakistan program offers cultural/academic exchange through a non-degree program for a semester at a university in the U.S.


  • Applicants of  UGRAD 2020 program are required to be in either their 14th or 15th year of formal education.
  • Students enrolled in either, a four-year bachelor’s program or a two-year bachelor’s programs are eligible to apply.
  • Age limit: 25
  • Two batches: Fall and spring semester
  • Duration: One semester – approximately half attend in fall and other half in spring
  • Grantees start studies: Fall next year
  • Deadline: November 20, 2019

Eligibility Criteria

  • Pakistani citizens
  • 25 years or younger
  • Currently enrolled in a college or university and committed to returning to their home universities following the completion of the program.
  • Strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities
  • Serious interest in learning about the United States
  • High level of academic achievement, as indicated in grades, awards and reference letters
  • Proficiency in English
  • Students from diverse backgrounds, especially those students who have not previously had opportunities to travel internationally are encouraged to apply


  • Applicants with a dual U.S./Pakistani nationality or U.S. permanent residence
  • Those who have a parent, spouse or fiancé who is a U.S citizen or permanent U.S resident
  • Employees of the Fulbright organization or the U.S. Department of State and their spouses, fiancés, siblings, dependents, children and parents. For programs funded by their agencies, employees of USAID or the HEC and their spouses, fiancés, siblings, dependents, children and parents.
  • Students in their final year of university

How to apply

  • Application form is required to be submitted online.
  • All supporting documents, such as
    • Photocopies of transcripts including an explanation of grading scale of university issuing the degree, are to be attached to the online application before submission.
    • Scan copies of all your university attested transcripts must be uploaded online including the most recent transcript.
  • Only selected students will be required to provide Reference Letters and No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their current academic institution.