||2004-2005 Undergraduate Exchange Program
The Open Society Institute (OSI) is pleased to announce the Undergraduate
Exchange Program (UEP) for the 2004-2005 academic term. UEP supports
students from Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Romania, and
Serbia in the US for one-year of non-degree academic studies. The program
seeks to assist educational and civic development in Eastern Europe, Central
Europe, and Mongolia by exposing participants to a liberal arts curriculum,
different models of classroom instruction, community service work, and civil
society related programming. The UEP combines the US 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.
Participants attend a university or college in the United States for one
year. While in the US, grantees
must complete 25 hours a semester of community service work in an area of
interest to them. At the end of the year, they are expected to return home
to complete their degrees. Once back in their home country, grantees are
expected to complete a community service internship or service project in
their own community.
The Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex,
religion, sexual orientation, or
disability. To be eligible for the Undergraduate Exchange Program,
1. Be a citizen or permanent resident of Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia,
Romania, or Serbia.
2. Be 19-23 years old as of July 1, 2004.
3. Be a current second-year undergraduate student studying American
Studies, Art History, Classical
Studies, Comparative Literature, Cultural Anthropology, Economic Theory,
Fine or Performing
Arts, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Philosophy,
Political Science, or Sociology.
4. Be enrolled in an accredited university in their home country.
5. Be in his or her second year when applying and have at least one
year of study remaining at his or
her home university when the applicant returns.
6. Have an outstanding academic record.
7. Have a history of community and/or extracurricular involvement.
8. Have spent previous two years in residence in home country.
9. Have not attended a US university.
10. Have not attended high school in the United States for more than one
11. Be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking English.
12. Be able to begin studies in the summer of 2004.
Participant selection and university placement is determined by a panel of
experts in the United States.
Candidates do not apply to a specific university. For more information
about the participating
universities, please visit www.soros.org/scholar/uep.html. The application
deadline is Monday 1 December 2003.
Applications and program information can be downloaded at