NESA UGRAD¹ Scholarship Opportunity

Global Undergraduate program (NESA UGRAD): The NESA UGRAD program provides scholarships for one academic year of study in a non-degree program in the United States to outstanding undergraduate students combined with community service, internships and cultural enrichment.

The program is announced in December and takes place in August.

For more information, view the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program web page.

MENA Summer Entrepreneurship Scholarship Program: The Coca-Cola Company and the U.S. Department of State are partnering every year to sponsor 100 college students from across North Africa and the Middle East to attend a special Summer Entrepreneurship Program at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.

For more information on this program, please visit this page regularly.

Exchange Opportunities for High School Students

Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES): Youth Exchange and Study (YES) is a program that was established in 2002 to provide scholarships for high school students (14 years old) from a number of countries among which Jordan to spend up to one academic year in the U.S. Students live with host families, attend high school, and engage in activities to learn about American society and values. They also acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures.

In Jordan, YES is administered by AMIDEAST. View the for more information.

TechGirls: TechGirls is a three-week youth exchange program that focuses on the high-level study of technology while fostering mutual understanding among the youth of the United States and the MENA region. It is designed to empower young girls to pursue careers in the science and technology sectors.

Eligibility for participation in the NESA UGRAD is open to :

Competition for the NESA UGRAD Program is merit-based and open to anyone who:

NESA UGRAD Call for applications - State

Through such programs, the U.S. Consulate Kolkata hopes to forge a long-term relationship with alumni from east and northeast India who have attended various exchange programs — Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars (SUSI), Community College Initiative Program (CCI), Youth Exchange and Study (YES) and Near East and South Asia Undergraduate Exchange Program (NESA UGRAD).

2014-2015 NESA UGRAD Application Instructions

The NESA UGRAD program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Selected candidates will receive a full scholarship for one semester of non-degree study. Course credits may not be transferrable to home institutions.

Libyan NESA UGrad students pose in front of the White House during a visit to Washington, D.C.
July 26, Abu Dhabi – On Tuesday, July 26 the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi welcomed students preparing to travel to the U.S. on the NESA UGRAD Fellowship Program. The students, selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, will spend one academic year as a part of the U.S. State Department program, which aims to develop leadership skills and an understanding of American society and culture for participants.

The students visited the embassy for a pre-departure briefing in advance of their travel, set for mid-August. As part of the briefing, the U.S. Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs Robert Arbuckle greeted the students and congratulated them on being selected for the program. He urged them not only to explore American culture, but to serve as ambassadors of their country and culture in the U.S., to give Americans the opportunity to learn more about the UAE and the Arab world.

The NESA UGRAD program is part of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States Department of State. The goal of the program is to increase mutual understanding between young emerging leaders from the Near East and South Asia and the citizens of the United States by providing meaningful academic and cultural experiences at U.S. colleges or universities. The immersion experience on American campuses is designed to ensure that participants gain a first-hand understanding of the American way of life and to promote the development of peaceful and constructive relations between the Near Eastern and South Asian nations and the United States.
While in the U.S., NESA UGRAD students will take courses relevant to their fields of study, and they will have the opportunity to perform community service and take an internship. Each student will attend courses at one of the participating institutions, which include Humboldt State University, the University of Wyoming, the University of Central Missouri, Murray State University and Augustana College.

Working in cooperation with public and private partners across the UAE, the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, along with the U.S. Consulate in Dubai, supports a range of programs reflecting the depth and breadth of the U.S.-UAE diplomatic relationship.Part-Time Internship: Internships provide an opportunity for one-year participants to gain professional experience and skills that can be applied in their future careers in their home countries. NESA UGRAD participants on one 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. Internships will be unpaid.
Libyan NESA UGrad students pose in front of the White House during a visit to Washington, D.C.

NESA UGRAD | Embassy of the United States

Through such programs, the U.S. Consulate Kolkata hopes to forge a long-term relationship with U.S. State Department Exchange alumni from east and northeast India who have attended various exchange programs such as-- Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars (SUSI), Community College Initiative Program (CCI), Youth Exchange and Study (YES) and Near East and South Asia Undergraduate Exchange Program (NESA UGRAD).

2014 Near East, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa Undergraduate Exchange Program (NESA UGRAD)

NESA UGRAD: The Journey Begins - The Global Gazette

It means a lot to me -- being a NESA UGRAD participant. It’s a golden opportunity to explore a new world, new people, and also a new life. I get to exchange cultures and ideas with others. Actually, I am looking for word to achive the NESA UGRAD goals.

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NESA UGRAD Scholarships Funded by the U.S

After the workshop, the participants established lasting friendships with other NESA UGRAD students across the region and will be able to rely on this network of friends for the rest of their lives, Graham said.