USA: 2006-2007 Undergraduate Exchange Program

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The Open Society Institute (OSI) is pleased to announce the
Undergraduate Exchange Program (UEP) for the 2006-2007 academic year.
UEP supports students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia,
Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Romania, and Serbia in the U.S. for
one-year of non-degree academic studies. The program seeks to assist
educational and civic development in Southeastern 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 U.S. liber! al 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 U.S., grantees agree to 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 agree 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, applicants must:
Be a resident of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia,
Moldova, Mongolia, Romania, or Serbia. Be a current second-year
undergraduate student studying American Studies, Art History, Classical
Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Economic Theory, Fine or Performing
Arts, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Literature and
Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, or Women’s or
Gender Studies. Be enrolled in an accredited university in his or her
home country. 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. Have an outstanding academic record. Have a
history of community and/or extracurricular involvement. Have spent
previous two years in residence in home country. Have not attended an
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 2006.

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 program and for an
application please visit:

http://www.soros.org/initiatives/scholarship/focus_areas/undergraduate_exchange/guidelines

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