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U.S. Department of State’s Near East & South Asia Scholarship Undergraduate Program

Call for Application
NESA Scholarship
2012-2013 NEAR EAST &SOUTH ASIA
UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

NESA UGRAD will award scholarships to outstanding students from countries of the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia for one-year of undergraduate, non-degree studies programs in the United States at a diverse network of accredited two- and four-year institutions.”

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, January 23rd, 2012
Please submit your applications and supporting documentation
online at http://www.apps.nesaugrad.org*
or
Please submit a paper application to
Public Affairs Section
American Embassy
Abdoun – Amman
*Please apply online if you have the resources necessary to do so.
A program of the
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State
NESA UGRAD 2012-2013 Application Instructions
A program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
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ACADEMIC PROGRAM
The Near East and South Asia Undergraduate Exchange Program, NESA UGRAD, is a part of
GLOBAL UGRAD, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of
State. NESA UGRAD will award scholarships to outstanding students from countries of the Middle
East, North Africa, and South Asia for one-year of undergraduate, non-degree studies programs in the
United States at a diverse network of accredited two- and four-year institutions. Participants will be
enrolled full-time and will live on-campus with an American roommate. Participants will not select
host institutions and placements will not be changed. Possible fields of study include, but are not
limited to, the humanities, arts, social sciences, mathematical science, natural and physical sciences,
and applied science. Examples of past fields of study can be found on page three.
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
Community Service: To expose participants to the principles of community service and social
responsibility in the United States, NESA UGRAD participants will be required to perform a
minimum of 20 hours of community service at local organizations during their first semester.
Part-Time Internship: Internships provide an essential opportunity for participants to gain professional
experience and skills that can be applied to their future careers in their home countries. NESA
UGRAD participants will be required to intern 8-20 hours per week during their second semester.
Each participant’s internship must be related to their field of study. Internships will be unpaid and
take place in the local community.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Competition for the NESA UGRAD program is merit-based. Candidates will be considered without
respect to race, color, religion, national origin, or gender. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to
apply. The competition is open to anyone who:
 Is a citizen, national or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid passport issued by the
country from which applicant is applying;
 Is completing his/her final year of secondary school or enrolled in first-, second-, third-year fulltime
undergraduate study at the time of application at a registered academic institution in his/her
country and is in good academic standing.
 Part-time students or correspondence students are not eligible;
 Is between the ages of 18-25;
 Submits a complete application with all required documents by the application deadline;
 Is able to begin the academic exchange program in the United States in August 2012;
 Is able to receive and maintain a J-1 visa;
 Is committed to returning to his/her home country after completion of the program; and
 Is proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.
NESA UGRAD 2012-2013 Application Instructions
A program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
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Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for the NESA UGRAD Program:
 U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
 Individuals currently participating in academic, training, or research programs in the United
States;
 Individuals currently residing or working outside of their home country;
 Individuals who will complete his or her undergraduate degree prior to August 2012;
 Individuals who are younger than 18 years old or older than 25 years old prior to August 2012;
 Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the
U.S. government for a period of more than six weeks and who have not fulfilled their two-year
home residency requirement by the time of application;
 Individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years;
 Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State during
the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment;
 Immediate family members of U.S. Department of State employees for a period of one year
following the termination of such employment. This provision does not disqualify selfsupporting
members of families who live apart from their parents;
 Persons arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime (excluding minor traffic violations);
and
 Current employees of affiliated cooperating agencies/consultants and their immediate family
members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings) for a period of one year following the
termination of such employment.
The U.S. Department of State and the cooperating agency reserve the right to verify all of the
information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is
found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.
Under the terms of the grant and the laws governing the J-1 visa required for participation in the
NESA UGRAD Program, participants must return to their home country immediately upon
completion of the program for a period of at least two years. Participants are not eligible for visa
extensions under any circumstances. No exceptions will be made.
Applications not meeting the above eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection
committee.
PROVISIONS OF THE GRANT
If selected, the NESA UGRAD Program will cover a participant’s:
 J-1 visa support;
 Round-trip coach class travel from participant’s home city to host institution in the United States;
 Health benefits;
 Tuition and mandatory university fees (including required books and supplies);
 Room and board (housing and meals);
 Settling in allowance;
NESA UGRAD 2012-2013 Application Instructions
A program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
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 Monthly maintenance allowance; and
 Other special allowances where applicable.
SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA
The NESA UGRAD Program is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all
eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel of academic specialists and/or academic exchange
specialists. Chosen semi-finalists will be interviewed in their home country. All applicants will be
notified of their status in spring 2012.
Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):
 Academic excellence
 Cross-cultural interest
 Demonstrated leadership potential
 Demonstrated proficiency in written and spoken English (If you were selected as a finalist, you
will be asked to provide TOEFL or TOEFL-ITP official test report. A special exam session will
be arranged by the Embassy for the finalists.)
 Flexibility and suitability as an exchange student
 Commitment to returning to their home country after completion of the program
 Preference will be given to students that represent disadvantaged and underrepresented
communities with no prior experience outside their countries
APPLICANTS NEED TO PROVIDE
- Complete Application
- Two recommendation letters: applicants must have a recommendation completed by two
different people for a total of two recommendations. If the recommendation form is completed in
a language other the English, there must be an accurate translation, which may be done by the
applicant.
- Official Transcript
- Personal statement in English, minimum of 450 words and not to exceed 2 typed pages
- A copy of applicant’s passport or government-issued identification
- Passport-size Photo
The deadline for applications to be submitted for the NESA UGRAD Program is Sunday, January
23rd, 2012.
No application will be returned to the applicant after the end of the competition.
Should you have any inquiries, please send them to PAAmman@state.gov

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