UGRAD 2024: USA’s Undergraduate Semester Exchange Program for Pakistan

The Undergraduate Semester Exchange Program aims to help students explore, improve their education, and enjoy diverse cultures.

 Undergraduate Semester Exchange Program

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the US Department of State introduced the Global Undergraduate Semester Exchange Program (Global UGRAD-Pakistan) in 2010. The United States

Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) and the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) of the United States are responsible for running the Undergraduate Semester Exchange program, respectively, in Pakistan and the United States.

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The Global UGRAD is now a popular choice among Pakistani university students. The first batch of 100 fellows from the Undergraduate Semester Exchange program in 2010–11 returned to Pakistan to finish their undergraduate studies at Pakistani universities.

The Undergraduate Semester Exchange program honours Pakistani undergraduate students who are studying at a Pakistani university.

In order to promote academic and cultural exchange, the Undergraduate Semester Exchange program offers a non-degree program for a semester at a university in the United States.

To be eligible for the undergraduate semester exchange program, applicants must be in their 14th or 15th year of higher education.
Candidates must be enrolled in a four-year bachelor’s degree program or a two-year bachelor’s program.
Age restriction: 25

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Benefits of the Undergraduate Semester Exchange Program

The UGRAD24 undergraduate semester exchange program includes:

  • Complete tuition costs
  • Travel expenses to and from the US
  • Medical Insurance and Living Allowances
  • A stipend for books
  • An Accommodation stay and food
  • Monthly maintenance allowance

Eligibility Criteria for the Undergraduate Semester Exchange

  • Citizens of Pakistan
  • 25 years of age or less
  • Currently, a student at a college or university has decided to transfer back to their original college after the program is complete.
  • All applicants must be in their 14th or 15th year of formal study and include both their most recent and oldest transcripts along with their application.

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  • Dual citizens of Pakistan and the US, or US permanent residents.
  • Employees of USAID, the US Department of State, and the Fulbright organization, as well as their wives, children, finances, siblings, dependents, and parents.
  • Students who are either in their first or last year of college

Required Documents

  • All of your university-attested transcripts, including the most recent transcript, must be provided online in scan form.
  • The finalists are required to complete and submit a medical history and examination form.

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How to apply?

Every year, by September or October, the Global UGRAD-Pakistan program is advertised. The application form must be submitted online.

  • Before applying, a candidate needs to check the eligibility requirements.
  • When registering for an application, a candidate should go to the official website.
  • The application is divided up into many sections and is simple to fill out.
  • Scanned papers must be uploaded with an application.
  • Applications must be submitted online; sending applications by mail is not accepted.

NOTE: Reference letters and a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from your present academic institution will only be required from those who are selected.


The deadline for application submission is September 27, 2023

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