Course(s) Offered: Liberal arts, Community service leadership
Course Level: Undergraduate
Provider: Open Foundation Society
Country to Study in: USA or Home Country
The program seeks to assist educational and civic development in Southeastern and Eastern Europe by exposing participants to a liberal arts curriculum, different models of classroom instruction, community service work, and civil society related programming.
The UEP program combines the U.S. liberal arts academic experience with exposure to American social issues and civic development through involvement in community service related work. The program aims to create lasting ties among participants and their American colleagues thereby contributing to cultural understanding and tolerance.
The Undergraduate Exchange Program (UEP) supports students from Albania, Kosovo, and Ukraine (studying in Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Luhansk, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Poltava, Sumy, or Zaporizhia only) in the United States for one-year of non-degree academic studies and service learning and one subsequent year in their home country leading a community service project of their own design.
In order to qualify for the program, an applicant must:
- Be a citizen and resident of Albania, Kosovo, or Ukraine.
- Be a current second-year undergraduate student studying an eligible course (see below).
- Be enrolled in an accredited university in his or her home country. Ukrainian applicants must be studying at a university in Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Luhansk, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Poltava, Sumy, or Zaporizhia to be eligible.
- Be in the second year of study when applying and return to their home country to complete their degree following the program.
- Have an outstanding academic record.
- Demonstrate leadership or leadership potential and have a history of community and/or extracurricular involvement.
- Have spent previous two years in residence in home country.
- Have not attended a university in the United States.
- Have not attended high school in the United States for more than one academic semester.
- Be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking English.
- Be able to begin studies in the summer of 2012.
Students from Albania, Kosovo, and Ukraine
All universities in the United States
Fields of study
Eligible courses include:
- American Studies,
- Art History,
- Classical Studies,
- Cultural Anthropology,
- Economic Theory,
- Fine or Performing Arts,
- International Relations,
- Literature and Languages,
- Political Science,
- Sociology, or
- Women’s or Gender Studies.
Number of awards
Total of 2 years - consisting of one-year of non-degree academic studies and service learning in the United States; and one subsequent year in their home country leading a community service project of their own design
Method of Application
Applications may be done Online or By Post. Please visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this program
All applications must be submitted by December 1, 2011
Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations to help countries make the transition from communism.
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.
Application Deadline: 1 December 2011
Open for International Students: No (ONLY Albania, Kosovo, and Ukraine)
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