APPLICATION 2014-2015 GLOBAL UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE PROGRAM IN EURASIA AND CENTRAL ASIA
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia is a program of the Bureau of
Department of State and is support ed by the people of the United States.
The program provides opportunities for non-degree study in the United States. In addition to course work,
projects and engage in professional development activities.
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APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2014-2015 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia A PROGRAM OF THE BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Thank you for your interest in the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD). For more than half a century, the United States has supported international educational and cultural exchange programs as an investment in global understanding and peace. Such exchange programs have a long track record of bringing future leaders from around the world to the United States. Formerly known as the Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program, the Global UGRAD program provides opportunities for up to 60 outstanding students from Eurasia and Central Asia to study at U.S. universities and colleges during the 2014-2015 academic year.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State is responsible for the management and oversight of the Global UGRAD program. Underlying the role of exchanges in U.S. foreign policy is the belief that mutual understanding is of vital importance in an increasingly interdependent world and that person-to-person exchange and training is the most effective way to promote mutual understanding. International exchanges enhance the effectiveness of the United States in dealing with other nations, and the exchange of persons and ideas is essential to the promotion of democracy, economic prosperity, international cooperation, peace and security around the world. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' (ECA) mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has awarded IREX a cooperative agreement to conduct a merit-based competition to recruit, select, place and support participants throughout the academic components of the program. IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, gender, and youth. The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia & Central Asia is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, is supported by the people of the United States, and is implemented by IREX. Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (Global UGRAD) PAPER APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Fellowship awards for the Global UGRAD program are contingent on the appropriation of Federal funding by the United States Congress. PROGRAM OVERVIEW ACADEMIC PROGRAM The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (Global UGRAD), a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and supported by the people of the United States, provides opportunities for undergraduate students for full-time, non-degree study in the United States.
• Participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and the Russian Federation will
spend one semester of non-degree study in a US university or community college.
• Participants from Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan will spend
one academic year of non-degree study in a US university or community college.
First-year students will attend two-year community colleges and live in campus housing (dormitories) or with American host families. All other students will attend four-year universities and colleges and will live in campus housing (dormitories). Students must have at least one term remaining at their home institutions upon completion of the program. Participants may not choose their U.S. host university/college or community college. Under the terms of this grant and the laws governing the J-1 visa required for participation in the Global UGRAD Program, participants must return to their home country immediately upon completion of the program for a period of at least two years. Participants are not eligible for visa extensions or transfers (for example J1 to F1) under any circumstances. No exceptions will be made. Below are some of the possible fields of study for Global UGRAD. Other fields will also be considered. • Accounting Deadline: 5:00 PM, Friday, February 28, 2014 PROFESSIONAL TRAINING Community Service: To expose participants to the principles of community service and social responsibility in the United States, Global UGRAD participants will be required to perform a minimum of 20 hours of community service to local organizations. Workplace Excellence Professional Field Trips: Semester program participants will visit at least one field-specific site of interest for a firsthand view of the U.S. workplace. Part-Time Internship: Internships provide an essential opportunity for participants to gain professional experience and skills that can be applied in their future careers in their home countries. Global UGRAD participants on a full academic year scholarship will be required to intern 40 hours per month during their second semester. Each participant’s internship must be related to their field of study. Participants may secure paid internships, but most internships will be unpaid. ____________________________________________________________________________________ TECHNICAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, national origin, or gender. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Competition for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is merit-based and open to anyone who: • Is a citizen, national or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid passport issued by the country of
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan;
• Is currently residing in one of the following eligible countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan;
• Is enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing at the time of application
at a registered academic institution, public or private, in one of the 12 eligible countries. Correspondence students in Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are also eligible to apply;
• Has satisfactorily completed at least one semester for which s/he will obtain some of her/his final
• Is not enrolled in her/his final year of studies at the time of application;
• Is at least 18 years old at the start of the program; • Submits a complete online application with all required documents by the application deadline;
• Is able to begin the academic exchange program in the United States in the fall of 2014; • Is able to receive and maintain a U.S. J-1 visa;
• Is physically able to complete the program in its entirety; • Is committed to returning to their home country after completion of the program;
• Is proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application. Individuals in the following circumstances are NOT eligible for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program: • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
• Individuals currently participating in academic, training, or research programs in the United States;
• Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside the 12 eligible countries; • Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S.
government for a period of more than six weeks and who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application;
• Individuals who have participated in the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program previously;
• Individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years; • Individuals married to American citizens;
• Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Employees are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
Deadline: 5:00 PM, Friday, February 28, 2014
• Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children) of U.S. Department of State and USAID
employees. Family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment.
• Persons arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime (excluding minor traffic violations). Current IREX employees and consultants and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings) are not eligible to apply for any IREX-administered grant programs, either as individuals or as the responsible party representing an institutional applicant. The U.S. Department of State and IREX reserve the right to verify all of the information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible. Applications not meeting the above technical eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee. _________________________________________________________________________________ FINANCIAL PROVISIONS OF THE GRANT • J-1 visa support; • Round-trip travel from fellow’s home city to host institution in the United States;
• Accident and sickness coverage; • Tuition and mandatory university fees;
• Small incidentals allowance; • Limited allowance for books;
• A wide variety of alumni networking and training opportunities. _________________________________________________________________________________ SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA The Global UGRAD Program is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel of academic specialists. Chosen semi-finalists will be interviewed in their home country by a bi-national committee of U.S. specialists, program alumni, and U.S. Embassy representatives, and must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in early 2014. All applicants will be notified of their status in spring 2014. Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):
• Cross-cultural interest; • Demonstrated leadership potential;
• Proficiency in written and spoken English; • Flexibility and suitability as an exchange student;
• Commitment to returning to their home country after completion of the program; • Preference will be given to those applicants living outside capital cities;
• Preference will be given to students that represent indigenous, disadvantaged, and
underrepresented communities with no prior experience outside their countries.
_________________________________________________________________________________ GENERAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
• Submit completed original and two copies of the Global UGRAD 2014-2015 Application and
• Please answer ALL questions on the application in English (except where specified); • Include your full, legal name, family name (surname) first as spelled on your international
passport (if available). Do not translate name spellings (for example write Mariya and not Mary);
Deadline: 5:00 PM, Friday, February 28, 2014
• Include complete contact information (including index codes for all addresses and city/country
codes for all phone and fax numbers). Do not translate street or city names into English, only into the English alphabet (for example, write Prospekt Mira instead of “Peace Avenue”);
• Do NOT leave a space blank. If a question does not apply to you, enter N/A (not applicable); • All forms and supporting materials should be typewritten (if possible) and submitted with the
completed application. Handwritten applications must be neatly printed in black ink;
• Write your full name and country of citizenship in the top right corner of each page.
____________________________________________________________________________________ SUPPLEMENTAL FORM All applicants must include a completed Supplemental Form in addition to the application. Please read and follow ALL instructions carefully in order to have a properly completed application. The Supplemental Form is one document and includes the following:
• Additional Questions applicants must provide information about how they heard about the
Global UGRAD program, plans to apply for other sponsored educational exchange programs and the size of their home city.
• Personal Statement A: applicants must describe why they would like to study in the US,
past experiences, what they will learn about America, and how the program will help their professional/personal goals.
• Personal Statement B: applicants must define what a Global Citizen is to them, describe the
importance of being a Global Citizen, and provide examples of how they have acted as a Global Citizen in the past.
• Personal Statement C: applicants must introduce themselves to future American roommates
and/or host families by describing their interests, hobbies, family, home communities, what they hope to do in the US, and their past accomplishments.
• IREX Privacy Statement and Application Certification: applicants must read and sign this
• Two Recommendation Forms: applicants must have a recommendation completed by two
different people for a total of two recommendations. If the recommendation form is completed in a language other the English, there must be an accurate translation, which may be done by the applicant.
• Additional Course Listings Form. This form is a continuation of question #14 on the
application, providing additional space for the applicants to detail university course history. Applicants must list the academic year the course was taken, the course title, and the grade received for the course in order for the form to be completed. If there was no grade for a course, please indicate either “pass” or “fail”. First-year students must list courses from your final year of secondary school in order for the form to be completed. 1st- and 2nd-year students must list at least five courses in order for the Course Listings Form to be considered complete. 3rd- and 4th-year students must list at least 12 courses in order for the Course Listings Form to be considered complete.
IF SELECTED TO THE SEMIFINALIST ROUND, APPLICANTS MUST PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AT THE TIME OF THEIR INTERVIEW:
• A copy of applicant’s high school diploma with an accurate English translation, which may be done by
• A copy of high school transcripts (course list and grades) with an English translation, which may be
done by applicant (for first-year students only); Deadline: 5:00 PM, Friday, February 28, 2014
• A copy of applicant’s university transcript (or academic grade book) in the university language of
• Internal passport (if applicable); • A copy of applicant’s international passport (if available) or government-issued identification. ____________________________________________________________________________________ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES The deadline for applications for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is 5:00 PM, FRIDAY, February 28, 2014. Applications may be submitted at any of the IREX offices or representations in Eurasia and Central Asia. Do not send applications to the IREX office in Washington, DC. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. No application will be returned to the applicant after the end of the competition. You must submit the original application and supplemental form and two complete copies for a total of three. Each copy must be clear and readable. Unclear or unreadable copies will not be accepted. Applicants should also keep a copy for their own records. Each copy of the application should be submitted in the following order:
1. Global UGRAD 2014-2015 Application 2. Supplemental Form
Each complete application should be stapled. No other form of binding is permitted. *Free consultations on completing the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program application are available at IREX offices and representations in Eurasia. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Global UGRAD in Eurasia & Central Asia Timeline February 28, 2014:
Interview committees conduct semifinalist interviews and
____________________________________________________________________________________ FIELD DESCRIPTIONS
General descriptions of the previously mentioned Global UGRAD program fields are given below. This information is offered as a reference guide only and individual academic host institution programs of study may differ in course offerings, subspecialties, and academic requirements. In some cases, the degree title may differ as well. For example, participants applying for International Relations may be placed in a program offering a degree in International Affairs. Each applicant can only choose one field of study, and this field should be the applicant’s chief area of interest. Unless noted, the following descriptions are adapted from the Princeton Review and can be found at: http://www.princetonreview.com/Majors.aspx?uidbadge= Deadline: 5:00 PM, Friday, February 28, 2014 Accounting Accounting majors learn how to keep financial records of business transactions and how to prepare statements concerning assets, liabilities, and operating results. It's a fairly technical and very numbers- and detail-oriented field that involves economics, the interpretation of financial data, and management skills. Many accountants specialize in auditing, taxes, or consulting. Agriculture General programs in Agriculture are broad in scope. Specialty areas include animal science, horticulture, agronomy, and agricultural economics. If you decide to major in Agriculture generally you'll have an endless array of courses to choose from and you can pursue a wealth of well-paying career options in agriculture and agribusiness. Anthropology Anthropology is the broad study of humans and human cultures throughout the world and throughout history and prehistory. It is part natural science, part social science, and part humanistic study. Anthropology majors compare and contrast biological, social, and cultural similarities and differences among humans and human societies. Biology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biology) Biology is the study of life and living organisms and how they interact with each other and their It examines the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution of living things. Also, it classifies and describes their functions, and howcome into existence. Most biological sciences are specialized disciplines. Traditionally, they are grouped by the type of organism being studied: the study of plants; the study of animals; an the study of microorganisms. Business A major in business administration/management will get a thorough grounding in the theories and principles of accounting, finance, marketing, economics, statistics, human resources functions, and decision-making. You’ll learn how to budget, organize, plan, hire, direct, control, and otherwise manage various organizations. Count on problem-solving, theorizing, and math-heavy number-crunching, too. This major will also get you thinking about issues such as diversity, ethics, politics, and other dynamics that play a role in every work environment. Chemistry Chemistry examines the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter, the stuff of the universe. It looks at the way the material world--petroleum, a tree, your hand--is arranged. What are the properties that make water? What do we need to sustain life? How do two chemicals react with each other? These are some of the basic questions a Chemistry major tries to answer. Chemistry majors also gain a greater understanding as to how the physical world operates, and what we can do to improve and advance the way we live and work. Computer Science (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_science) Computer science is the study and thof the theoretical foundations ofand and their implementation and application i It has many sub-fields; some emphasize the computation of specific results (such as, while others relate to properties of(such as. Still others focus on the challenges in implementing computations. A further subfield, focuses on the challenges in making computers and computations useful, usable and universally accessible t Criminal Justice (http://www.unr.edu/cla/cjweb/Pages/program.htm) Criminal justice is an academic field which examines the actions of the formal social mechanism we call the criminal justice system. The system is composed of three subsystems: policing /law enforcement agencies, the courts/judiciary, and correctional agencies. The study of criminal justice requires an examination of the structure and functioning of each of these subsystems, as well as knowledge about the role behavior of the participants. The study of the criminal justice process involves a critical evaluation Deadline: 5:00 PM, Friday, February 28, 2014
of how the administration of justice actually operates, raising fundamental questions and examining the perspectives from which solutions to problems might be drawn. The content of criminal justice is interdisciplinary, drawing on theory developed in sociology, law, psychology, political science, and related fields. Economics Economics is the study of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. More broadly, Economics is the study of how individuals, businesses, governments, and societies choose to spend their time and money, and otherwise allocate their resources. It is also excellent preparation for a future in business, as well as for graduate studies in law, public policy, and international studies. Education As an Education major, you’ll learn the skills you need to become an effective and inspirational teacher - someone who has the ability to influence young children and teenagers in life-changing ways. Although much of your coursework will be general Education material, most states require you to choose a specific grade level you’d like to teach. Choices usually include some variation of early childhood education (preschool), primary education (kindergarten through eighth grade), secondary education (ninth through twelfth grade), and special education. Engineering Engineering is the application of science to the optimum conversion of the resources of nature to the uses of humankind. There are various disciplines of Engineering. Electrical engineers design, develop, and test electrical equipment. Aerospace Engineers study aerodynamics, aerospace structures, propulsion, flight mechanics and systems, and vehicle design. Chemical Engineers emphasize the commercial applications of chemical reactions and the harnessing of chemical reactions to produce things people want. Civil engineers work on complex projects which involve many technical, economic, social and environmental factors - the design and construction of bridges, high rise buildings, highways, offshore oil platforms, transit systems. Environmental Management (http://www.columbiasouthern.edu/degree/safety/bachelor/environmental-management/) Environmental Management provides students with a foundation in environmental rules and regulations. In addition, students are presented concepts reviewing environmental principles, resource use and protection. Students will acquire practical skills related to industrial waste, solid waste and hazardous waste management along with the appropriate techniques, technology and measures for minimizing air, soil and water pollution. Environmental Management programs prepare students for employment in the corporate, industrial, consulting, or regulatory environmental compliance, control, or remediation professions. Geology Geology is the study of how and why the Earth has evolved. You’ll study natural and artificial environmental processes and learn how those processes should be improved. You’ll study the history of the earth and see how humans have brought about change for better or for worse. Geologists are concerned with the entire physical makeup of the earth, and many specializations are available within the major. No matter what your concentration, you’ll be learning how all aspects of the earth relate to each other. Hospitality Management A major in Hospitality - which is alternatively called Hospitality Services, Hospitality Management, and Tourism at various colleges and universities - will prepare you for a career managing hotels, restaurants, and convention centers. Hospitality programs are very professionally oriented in nature. They integrate management theory with practical business knowledge. You’ll also learn quite a bit about basic nutrition and food theory, marketing, statistics, and even geography. International Relations Deadline: 5:00 PM, Friday, February 28, 2014
International Relations majors study the relationships among countries, governments, peoples, and organizations all around the world. You'll learn about global issues from a variety of perspectives-issues including war, poverty, disease, diplomacy, democracy, trade, economics, and globalization. International Relations is a multi-disciplinary major that draws from politics, history, economics, law, sociology, psychology, philosophy, ethics, and geography. You'll be dealing with foreign cultures, languages, worldviews, and values. Journalism Journalism is a hands-on, professionally oriented major that involves gathering, interpreting, distilling, and reporting information to audiences through a variety of media. Journalism majors learn about every conceivable kind of Journalism (including magazine, newspaper, online journalism, photojournalism, broadcast journalism, and public relations). In addition to specialized training in writing, editing, and reporting, Journalism requires a working knowledge of history, culture, and current events. There will also be discussion on professional ethics and civic responsibility. Law (http://education-portal.com/directory/category/Legal/NonProfessional_General_Legal_Studies/PreLaw_Studies.html) Undergraduates who study law in their own country will study in pre-law classes in the US. It usually is a mix of interdisciplinary courses, including courses one might find in a Criminal Justice degree program. Those hoping to become lawyers, paralegals, or legal assistants may find prelaw studies to be a valuable educational concentration. Prelaw courses introduce students to the fundamental basics that found the judicial system. They may discuss, for instance, the order of the courts, constitutional law, civil rights, or law ethics. Mass Communication Mass Communication majors investigate the role mass media has played, and continues to play, in American culture. They are analysts and historians, examining everything from 19th Century Harper’s political cartoons to the newest McDonald’s commercial. Given the enormous effect of the media on our daily lives, Mass Communication majors seek out how and why they reflect our social values. They also describe how public policy draws boundaries for Mass Communication. Physics Physics majors study the exact, fundamental laws of nature. They study the structure of all sizes and kinds of materials and particles - the very universe itself. They also seek to understand and define the properties of energy, temperature, distance, and time, and they try to describe all of these things through mathematical equations. If you major in Physics, you'll study the quest for the underlying logic and the theoretical structure that unifies and explains all the different phenomena of the universe. Political Science Political Science is the study of politics and government. It remains central to any classical study of the liberal arts, firmly grounded as it is in the work of Plato and Aristotle. In another sense, because it often deals with current events and sophisticated statistical analysis, Political Science is a cutting-edge area of study. Whether you are analyzing voting patterns in a presidential campaign, the Israeli parliament, or the pros and cons of different systems of government, Political Science is timely, fascinating, and perpetually changing. Political Science majors develop excellent critical thinking and communication skills and, more broadly, an understanding of history and culture. Political Science majors study everything from revolutions to political parties to voting behavior to public policy. Psychology Psychology is the study of the way humans and animals interact and respond to their environment. Psychologists try to discover why certain people react to certain aspects of society and the world at large in a certain way, and from those reactions, they try to deduce something about the biology of our brains and the way the environment influences us. Psychology majors focus on such features of the human mind as learning, cognition, intelligence, motivation, emotion, perception, personality, mental disorders, and the ways in which our individual preferences are inherited from our parents or shaped by our environment. Deadline: 5:00 PM, Friday, February 28, 2014
Sociology Sociology is the scientific study of groups of humans. It is the study of collective human behavior and the social forces that influence collective human behavior. Sociologists seek to discover the broad patterns of interaction of social life that influence individual behaviors. Sociology majors learn about how groups, organizations, and societies are structured. You'll study crime and violence, sex and gender, families, health and illness, work and leisure, ethnic relations, religions and cultures, social classes, and communities and cities. Urban Planning Urban Planning looks at the way cities are designed, constructed, and planned. Urban Planning majors study the socio-economic factors and conditions behind housing projects in the city while also studying the effect of public transportation in suburban areas. It’s both an analytical and quantitative approach, one that combines policy, statistics, a sense of history, and a lot more. Urban planners help us look at the ways we can improve our neighborhoods, preserving some of the past while keeping an eye open for future improvements. U.S. Studies Also known as American Studies, it is the academic analysis of the various movements, cultures, and subcultures of the United States, both past and present. It is the exploration of all things Americana: revolutions, institutions, transformations, religion, race, gender, sexuality, fine arts, popular culture, baseball, apple pie, artifacts, values, customs, ideals, and everyday experience. American Studies is an interdisciplinary field involving history, English, art history, architecture, social sciences, and geography.
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