Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD-Pakistan)

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Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD-Pakistan)

Overview

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD-Pakistan) provides emerging youth leaders from diverse communities across Pakistan with the opportunity to attend American universities and colleges for non-degree academic study.

During a semester of undergraduate classes and community engagement, participants strengthen their leadership, academic, and career-preparedness skills while building relationships with Americans. Participants return home as engaged leaders committed to tackling pressing challenges in their communities and fostering greater understanding between people of the United States and Pakistan.

Global UGRAD-Pakistan is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IREX.

Opportunities to Participate

The Global UGRAD-Pakistan Program is now accepting applications from accredited U.S. institutions to host participants during the 2023-24 academic year.

Sponsor

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Global UGRAD-Pakistan is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IREX.

Quick Facts

  • Since its inception in 2010, Global UGRAD-Pakistan has supported over 2,300 participants from across Pakistan. In 2021, nearly 99% of participants were “first generation” exchange participants to the United States, and 31% of participants were the only students from Pakistan studying on campus, sharing new perspectives with their American peers.
  • Strengthened Leadership Ability: 100% of 2021 participants reported greater confidence in their leadership skills after completion of the program, and 89% of alumni continue to regularly use the leadership skills and knowledge gained from the program.
  • Engaged Community Leaders: Since program inception, participants have volunteered over 43,000 hours of service with organizations in their American host communities. Despite the pandemic, 81% of alumni have engaged in activities to improve their home communities since returning to Pakistan, and over 92% believe they have created positive change as a result.
  • Essential Academic and Professional Skills: Over 90% of participants reported feeling more knowledgeable about their field of study as a result of the program, contributing to their overall career preparedness.
  • Fostering Mutual Understanding: Over 97% of program alumni maintain relationships with Americans they met through Global UGRAD-Pakistan, and nearly 99% have presented on their U.S. experience to their home communities in Pakistan.

Goals

  • Strengthen participants’ leadership skills and experience
  • Enhance participants’ academic competencies and career preparedness skills
  • Increase participants’ community engagement abilities and commitment to service
  • Contribute to increased understanding between the people of the United States and Pakistan through participants’ engagement in their host and home communities.
Global UGRAD-Pakistan has been the best chapter of my life. I feel that it has transformed me and prepared me to be an innovator and leader of the future. With all these multi-cultural experiences in the United States, I feel myself not just as Pakistani, but as a global citizen now. Heba Abid, fall 2021 alumna

Project Activities

  • Undergraduate study and academic skill-building: Participants attend a semester-long, academic program at U.S. universities and colleges, which includes coursework in their fields of study and in an American studies topic. Participants also take an additional course to strengthen their academic skills.
  • Community service: Participants volunteer a minimum of 20 hours during the semester to give back to their American host communities and learn firsthand how to identify social problems and design and implement effective interventions.
  • Country presentations: Participants share their country's history and traditions through interactive presentations on Pakistan at their host institutions or in local schools, retirement homes, or Rotary clubs.
  • Digital Cultural Passport: Through the Passport, participants explore diverse U.S. cultural experiences across six areas: Arts and Music, Holiday and Diversity Celebrations, Sports and Leisure, Community Leadership in Action, Youth Concerns, and Local Pride, and forge bonds with Americans in their host communities.
  • Alumni programming: Alumni lead Community Development Initiatives in Pakistan to create positive social change in their home communities and continue to apply and enhance their leadership skills.

People

Contact

E-mail: ugradpakistan@irex.org

 

Global UGRAD-Pakistan is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IREX.

Tags

  • Education
  • Youth
  • Leadership
  • Asia
  • Pakistan