The U.S. Embassy has announced a call for applications for the 2023-2024 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD).
The program is designed to provide fully funded scholarships to outstanding Bangladeshi undergraduate students to attend a US college or university for one academic semester, a press release said.
The deadline for submitting applications is Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
This international educational exchange program offers participants the opportunity to experience the American higher education system, learn about American culture and values, and participate in community service projects.
Academics: Students will be enrolled in full-time, non-degree undergraduate courses chosen from their host institution’s existing curriculum for one academic semester.
Service Learning: Participants will be required to complete a three-credit American Studies course to enhance their understanding of the United States.
Internships: Students will participate in local community service activities to develop their leadership skills and gain hands-on work experience by completing prestigious internships with renowned US-based organizations, companies, and corporations.
Cultural Exchange: They will learn about American culture and society in addition to serving as an ambassador for the youth of Bangladesh through activities such as exhibitions and cultural performances.
Leadership: They will improve their leadership skills by participating in trainings and workshops focusing on self-reflection, goal setting and other topics aimed at providing them with essential tools to become successful leaders in their professions and their communities.
Over the past 17 years, 79 Bangladeshi students have participated in the program, providing future leaders with the opportunity to deepen their academic knowledge and develop their professional skills.
Mahmuda Yasmin Kona, who studied at the University of Troy in Alabama in the fall semester of 2021, is among the prominent alumni of Bangladesh Global UGRAD.
After returning to Bangladesh, Mahmuda completed his education at his home institution, Bangladesh Professionals University. She is passionate about climate issues and was selected to participate in a regional conference of young climate change activists from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka held in September 2022. Since the conference, she has been conducting research on ecosystem conservation. .
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