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Established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress, the Fulbright Program has become a prestigious international exchange initiative. With a rich history spanning over seven decades, the program has enabled more than 400,000 individuals, affectionately known as “Fulbrighters,” to participate in its transformative experiences.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the Fulbright Program remains at the forefront of promoting mutual understanding and collaboration between the United States and countries around the world.

In the United States, the program is efficiently administered by reputable implementing partners. The Institute of International Education (IIE) takes charge of managing the U.S. Student and U.S. Scholar Programs, ensuring that American participants receive exceptional support and guidance throughout their Fulbright journey.

The Specialist Program is administered by World Learning. World Learning provides experience for specialists eager to exchange ideas and contribute their skills to host institutions.


Fulbright Scholars educate and internationalize their communities, preparing students for the future. Fulbright Students gain valuable international perspectives that build skills and understanding that prepare them to make an impact in their careers and communities.


Our mission is to foster mutual understanding between people and nations, advance knowledge across communities, and improve lives around the world.


Intro to U.S. Graduate School Life/Culture: Gain insights into the academic environment and expectations of U.S. graduate schools. Learn about the structure of graduate programs, academic resources, research opportunities, and effective study strategies. Familiarize yourself with campus life, student organizations, and support services available to enhance your overall experience.

Intro to Cultural Awareness & U.S. Culture: Explore the diversity and multicultural aspects of the United States. Engage in workshops and activities that promote cultural understanding, sensitivity, and communication skills. Learn about American customs, traditions, social norms, and etiquette to navigate your daily life in the U.S. with ease and respect.

Intro to Fulbright Program, Goals, Responsibilities: Dive into the mission and goals of the Fulbright Program, understanding its significance as a platform for international exchange and mutual understanding. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the rights, responsibilities, and expectations of Fulbright participants. Learn how to maximize your Fulbright experience and contribute meaningfully to your host institution and the broader community.

Opportunity to Develop Fulbright Identity & Grow Network: Connect with fellow Fulbrighters, both current and alumni, during the Pre-Academic Program. Build relationships, exchange ideas, and expand your professional network. Engage in activities that encourage personal growth, self-reflection, and the development of a Fulbright identity that will shape your experience and future endeavors.

The Pre-Academic Program sets the stage for a successful and fulfilling journey as a Fulbright participant. It equips you with the necessary tools, knowledge, and cultural understanding to navigate U.S. graduate school life, embrace diverse perspectives, and make the most of your Fulbright experience.


Operates in more than 160 different countries.

This program will include students from the following countries:

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Guinea
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Jordan
  • Korea
  • Lebanon
  • Malawi
  • Mexico
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Romania
  • South Africa
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia


Fulbright Scholar from South Africa:

“I hope to enhance my English public speaking skill, especially in the context of the US. I am also looking forward to networking and learning more about the US and global cultures represented in the pre-academic program.”

Fulbright Scholar from South Korea:

“I am looking forward to seeing you all!! I would like to learn more about diverse cultures and get close with other Fulbright scholars.”

Fulbright Scholar from Mexico:

“I am eager to practice and improve my English skills during the pre-Academic program. In addition, I would like to put my English skills into practice in Orlando, Florida. I would also love to meet new people.”

Fulbright Scholar from Colombia:

“My goal is to get prepared and used to having classes in English. I hope I will improve my text composition skills in English. I am looking forward to meeting you all and learning about everyone’s culture and country.”

Fulbright Scholar from Indonesia:

“With pre-academic program, I hope to improve my scientific writing skills and to have a smoother transition to studying in the United States. Cannot wait to meet all my fellow Fulbright scholars.”

Fulbright Scholar from Bahrain:

“The pre-academic program to me seems like the ideal prelude into American culture-particularly for first timers! I also look forward to meeting fellow Fulbright scholars from all over the world.”

Fulbright Scholar from Paraguay:

“This will be my first time in the US, so I see pre-academic as a transition to make my journey to master’s program smoother. In that context, I hope to not only improve my language skills, but also to learn more about American culture and values.”


Students in front of NASA logo at Kennedy Space Center
  • KSC: Explore the history of the space program, unforgettable technology used and the future of space exploration.
  • Saint Augustine: Known as the oldest settlement in U.S.,visit this historic city and enjoy boutiques, restaurants, and attractions.
  • Downtown Orlando: Get to know the wonders of “The City Beautiful” by exploring the downtown area of Orlando.
  • Disney Springs: Enjoy some Disney magic by exploring stores, restaurants and plenty of Mickey gear at Disney Springs.
UCF Student in front of UCF Global Building
  • Interpersonal Relationships on Campus
  • Formulaic Languages Across English Registers
  • The Higher Education System in the US
  • Effective Communication with Faculty
  • Understanding Databases for Research Purposes
Roden College Front Entrance at UCF
  • Campus Living Experience
  • Access to Recreational Areas, the library and dining halls
  • Immersive campus community opportunities
The Orlando Skyline from across the lake and Fountain
  • Visit Downtown Orlando and City Hall
  • Visit historic St. Augustine



A variety of foods will be provided during the program. Catering at UCF Global, On Campus dining, exploring restaurants in Orlando and Disney Springs, to name a few.


Transportation will be provided during the program’s length. This includes to and from the airport, field trips, and campus tours.


Summary of Tentative Weekly Schedule (July 13 – August 2, 2024)

*This schedule does not include arrival day, orientation day, and departure day.*

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9:00 am – 11:45 am Academic Reading, Research, Discourse and Discussion Academic Reading, Research, Discourse and Discussion Academic Reading, Research, Discourse and Discussion Academic Reading, Research, Discourse and Discussion Academic Reading, Research, Discourse and Discussion Fieldtrips (Ex: Kennedy Space center, St. Augustine) Free day!
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm*

*Some cultural events will go past 4:30 pm

Academic Workshops, Graduate Student Mentor Time, and Campus Visits and Cultural Events Academic Workshops, Graduate Student Mentor Time, and Campus Visits and Cultural Events Academic Workshops, Graduate Student Mentor Time, and Campus Visits and Cultural Events Academic Workshops, Graduate Student Mentor Time, and Campus Visits and Cultural Events Academic Workshops, Graduate Student Mentor Time, and Campus Visits and Cultural Events

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