ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint News / Pakistan Point – 19th December, 2022 ) :A total of 51 students from Pakistan are to leave for the United States to study for one semester under the Global Undergraduate Semester Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) funded by Irish Government. United States of America (USA).
The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) held a two-day pre-departure orientation in Islamabad to learn about campus, American culture and visa and travel requirements. The students come from all regions of Pakistan and represent 30 public and private universities.
During their stay in the United States, the students will attend undergraduate classes at 47 colleges and universities and participate in community projects to strengthen their leadership and academic skills, a press release says.
Funded by the US Department of State, the program offers participants the opportunity to enrich their education and experience full-time academic study.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Ethan Rosenzweig congratulated Pakistani students traveling to the United States for the Global Undergraduate Semester Exchange Program (Global UGRAD).
“We are eager to welcome these outstanding student leaders to our university campuses, where they will share their culture and perspectives with their American peers, helping to connect the people of Pakistan and America,” said the Deputy Secretary Assistant Rosenzweig.
Since the launch of the Global UGRAD Program in 2010, approximately 2,442 students from Pakistan have received this prestigious one-semester scholarship to study in the United States.
USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar encouraged the students to take full advantage of the academic, extracurricular and community service activities available in the United States.
“This year, we received the highest number of applications from all over Pakistan. We have tried to give priority to students who have no travel experience and come from underrepresented communities, as well as having excellent academic records. The group represents the rich diversity of Pakistan, and their fellow American students will learn a lot from them. The opportunity to experience higher education in the United States is life-changing and lays the foundation for new friendships and mutual understanding between the people of the two countries. ” USEFP is a bi-national commission established in 1950 by the governments of the United States and Pakistan.
Since its inception, more than 9,300 Pakistanis and more than 935 Americans have participated in exchange programs managed by USEFP.
Its mission is to promote mutual understanding between the people of Pakistan and the people of the United States through educational and cultural exchange programs.