144 Pakistani undergrads head this fall to U.S. campuses

Approximately 144 Pakistani undergraduate students received scholarships to study in the United States for one semester under the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) program funded by the U.S. government. 

Starting this September, the participants will take undergraduate classes at leading U.S. colleges and universities, as well as attend service-learning programs and professional development workshops as part of their academic and cultural immersion in the United States. 

“The United States has a long tradition of embracing international students.  I am confident you will represent your nation with honor,” said Christopher Fitzgerald, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at an event preparing the scholarship recipients for the exchange.  “When you come home to Pakistan, I know you will become leaders in your own communities and bring what you learned in the United States to those around you.”

“The group of students here today represent the best of Pakistan,” said the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan Executive Director Rita Akhtar.  “They are selected on merit from thousands of applicants from every part of this country: from Tharparkur to Hunza, from Gwadar to Swat.”

Ujala Bashir, a spring 2018 Global UGRAD alumna, shared her exchange journey and how the community service experience at HAVEN in Bozeman, Montana, inspired her to develop a crisis center for domestic violence survivors in Pakistan.  “My greatest accomplishment was when a survivor I had coached on the phone contacted HAVEN to tell me that I had saved her life,” said Ujala.

Since the Global UGRAD Program launched in 2010, approximately 1,850 Pakistani students have received one-semester scholarships to study in the United States. For more information about Global UGRAD and together U.S. educational and cultural exchange programs, please visit:  www.usefpakistan.org.

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