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The Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program (SYLEP) is a new 3-week exchange program in the United States for 34 Saudi undergraduate students.  The program seeks to build leadership skills, civic responsibility, appreciation for cultural diversity, and community engagement among Saudi university students. Participants will be undergraduate university students in their first through third year of study who have demonstrated leadership abilities in their schools and communities. 

Participant Eligibility

SYLEP is a merit-based competition.  Students from all over Saudi Arabia are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must be Saudi citizens and full-time students currently enrolled in their first, second, or third year of a university undergraduate program in Saudi Arabia.  Applicants should be in good academic standing, and proficient in written and spoken English. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership abilities in their schools and communities, and have a desire to participate in community service activities. Students must return to Saudi Arabia after completion of the program.  Please note that we will only accept complete applications submitted by students directly.

NOTE: The application period is now closed. Please check for updates regarding deadlines for 2016.


The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program provides a substantive exchange experience at a U.S. college or university for students from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Participants engage in one year of undergraduate, non-degree studies at a diverse network of accredited two- and four-year institutions. Participants engage in local community service projects and take part in cultural enrichment activities. Host institutions provide participants with academic skill development classes. The scholarship will cover international travel, tuition, room and board, accident/sickness insurance, a small monthly stipend, and funding for books. A small number of students will also receive additional English language training in the US prior to the start of their academic program. Students will live in university dormitories and will have the opportunity to participate in campus organizations and activities. All students are required to participate in volunteer community service activities and are encouraged to participate in professional development activities as part of the Global UGRAD Program.

Program Eligibility

Applicants must be over 18 years of age and enrolled as an undergraduate in good standing at any accredited university, public or private, and has at least one semester remaining at their home university at the conclusion of the UGRAD program. They must also have completed secondary education in their home country, a solid command of written and spoken English (English Language training for some finalists is possible) and are able to begin studies in the United States in August 2016 (for English Language training) or January 2017 (selected participants may not defer to a later date). Participants have to be eligible to receive and maintain the US student exchange visa (J-1) required for the program and must be cleared by a physician to participate in the program. They must be committed to returning to their home country after the completion of the program in May 2017. 

NOTE: The application period for 2015 is now closed. Please check for updates regarding deadlines for 2016.

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