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Aug 27, 2011
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Study in the USA? Apply Global Undergraduate Exchange Program

Do you have a dream?

Martin Luther had one.

I have mine too. One of my dreams is to study abroad.

When I entered Universiti Sains Malaysia, I’ve been looking for studying abroad opportunities everywhere.

Thanks to Chong Zhi Lin and Dato Anwar Fazal, I got to know Global Undergraduate Exchange Program.

And here I am – Marymount University, a private catholic university at beautiful city of Arlington, Virginia.

Washington DC is just few metro station stops away and I can take a bus to New York City in 4 hours time.

I will write more about US life in coming posts. But now, I want to focus in Global Undergraduate Exchange Program.

Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, or Global UGRAD is funded by US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It offers emerging student leaders from East Asia, the Pacific and Western Hemisphere full scholarships to attend US universities for 1 semester or 2 semester academic studies.

Global UGRAD is a substantive program exchange program designed to expose students in US education system, society and culture. UGRADers stay in campus dorms and have to participate in community services and internships related to their major. J-1 VISA is issued and we have to return to home country to complete degree.

The best thing is you are in the networks together with US government sponsored scholars such as Fulbrighters, professors and researchers. Your resume looks good too as a US government sponsored scholar.

So, how to apply?

You can apply through US Embassy or Fulbright Commission in your respective country. In Malaysia, you need to apply through MACEE (Malaysian American Commission on Educational Exchange), which is a Fulbright Commission.

You need to be currently enrolled in a local institutions (local private colleges/universities ok too!) for at least 1 year, and should be 24 years or younger when you apply.

The application normally opens in November. You can get the application form at MACEE Website.

Be alert on the application deadline as the entire process is quite rush.

Steps:

1. Download Global UGRAD Program Application form at MACEE Website

2. Write a personal statement (500 – 600 words)

3. Get 2 lecturers and 1 high school teacher to write 3 letter of recommendations

4. If you succeed in 1st round selection, you will be called for interview. Be ready for that. 

5. If you passed interview, congratulations! But this doesn’t guarantee you will get this program 100%. It depends on US side to approve it. 100% passed through though every year. (DECEMBER)

6. MACEE will arrange you for a TOEFL test. (JANUARY)

7. You get to know official result from US! (April)

8. You will know your host institution (May)

8. Get your VISA ready (July)

8. Orientation (August) and ready to go! 

Last year in 2010, there were around 100 Malaysians applied for this program. 8 were selected. So the success rate is about 10%, which is quite high.

So, if you want to study in the USA for free! Do check out MACEE website, Global UGRAD Malaysia Facebook Page or Global UGRAD Malaysia Official Website!

Always have a dream, take actions and believe it can come true!

Life is all about fulfilling your dreams.

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