U.S. Embassy Beirut is pleased to announce the 2024-2025 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, a one academic semester study program in the United States sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Students will enroll in full-time, non-degree, undergraduate course work chosen from their host institution’s existing curriculum. They will be required to take one 3-credit U.S. studies course to enhance their understanding of the United States. Students will live in campus housing facilities with American peers and will be required to participate in 20 hours of community service. The programs will start in either August 2024 or January 2025, and students should check with their home institution regarding the transfer of credits accumulated during this program. For more information, please visit program website.
Competition for the Global UGRAD Program is merit-based. Eligible applicants should be:
- Lebanese citizens or holders of the Special Travel Document for Palestinian Refugees issued by the Lebanese authorities (U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are ineligible to apply);
- Undergraduates in the first, second, or third year of a full-time undergraduate program at a registered academic institution in Lebanon at the time of application (part-time students or correspondence students are not eligible); and
- 18-25 years old and have at least one academic year remaining to complete their undergraduate studies after the end of this exchange program in December 2024 or May 2025.
Preference will be given to those who have had little or no experience in the United States or outside their home countries. Applicants are required to return directly to their home country after the completion of the program.
Application and deadline:
- The application package must include:
- Completed online application– click here to go to the website and complete the application.
- Two letters of recommendation (in English) including one from the applicant’s current institution. (The applicant must include the email addresses of the referees in the course of filling out the online application)
- Academic transcripts of the current and previous year, either at high school or university. If the transcripts are in Arabic or French, translated copies are not required at the time of application. Students selected to participate in the program will be asked to submit translated copies by a sworn translator at a later stage.
- Copy of passport or travel document biodata page (if available at the time of application).
- Please note: TOEFL scores are NOT required but should be included if available.
Applications are due by December 15, 2023, and inquiries can be e-mailed to BeirutPD@state.gov with the subject line: Global Ugrad Program.
The U.S. Government pays for the participants’ international travel, university tuition, room and board, health insurance, a small monthly stipend, and funding for books. Competition is merit-based, and students from all backgrounds are welcome to apply. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, sex, age, and/or disability.