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.

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The NESA UGRAD Scholarship - Tunis, Tunisia

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.

NESA UGRAD Program - Embassy of the United States

2011 NESA UGRAD Participants with U.S. Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs Robert Arbuckle and Cultural Affairs Officer Stephanie Sandoval

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Libyan NESA UGrad students pose in front of the White House during a visit to Washington, D.C.

2014-2015 NESA UGRAD Application Instructions FINAL

The Fulbright Commission (USEF-Nepal) has announced NESA UGRAD program which will provide scholarships to exceptional students from disadvantaged and under-privileged grounding. Out of about 10 Nepalis nominated by the Fulbright commission in Nepal, about 5-7 students will be provided this scholarship which will then enable them to embark on one year of Undergraduate non-degree studies in the United States of America at a distinct 2 and 4-year institutions.

Individuals in the following circumstances are NOT eligible for the NESA UGRAD program:

NESA UGRAD | Embassy of the United States

“Great job NESA UGRAD Tunisia Team! It’s only been three months since our NESA Scholars began their experience attending different U.S. universities and they’ve already accomplished so much.

Libyan NESA UGrad students pose in front of the White House during a visit to Washington, D.C.

NESA UGRAD Application INSTRUCTIONS 2009-2010

Biplob Acharya, an awardee of NESA UGRAD scholarship program funded by the US Department of State, is doing his BA at Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus. Biplob was a former Secretary of National Disabled Youth Network and former Treasurer of Blind Youth Association Nepal.