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

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

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD-Pakistan) builds the capacity of a diverse group of youth leaders from underserved populations across Pakistan. Through US-based training and practical experience in leadership positions, community engagement, and in their professional fields, undergraduate students gain the skills needed to implement long-term civic and economic changes in their communities, building stability through increased local capacity and cross-cultural understanding.

Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD-Pakistan) builds the capacity of a diverse group of youth leaders from underserved populations across Pakistan. Through US-based training and practical experience in leadership positions, community engagement, and in their professional fields, undergraduate students gain the skills needed to implement long-term civic and economic changes in their communities, building stability through increased local capacity and cross-cultural understanding.

Host an International Student

IREX seeks accredited institutions of higher education in the United States to host undergraduate students for various international exchange programs in 2017–2018.

Quick Facts

  • Participants come from every province and territory in Pakistan, representing more than 13 native languages. More than 90% of participants are “first generation” exchange participants to the US.
  • Nearly 45% of participants were the only representative of Pakistan on their US host campus, increasing the understanding of students, staff, faculty, and the surrounding community of Pakistan and its culture.
  • Alumni return to Pakistan committed to strengthening their home communities. Nearly 85% of alumni reported involvement in community service activities. More than 50,000 Pakistanis have benefited from community initiatives developed by alumni.

Goals

  • Students increase their academic knowledge, leadership capacity, and life skills through coursework, cultural programs, community service, and follow-on community engagement projects in Pakistan.
  • Students strengthen their commitment to being leaders in their home communities.
  • US and Pakistani students increase their understanding of each other’s culture and values, supporting people-to-people diplomacy for a more stable future.
This program is not about getting a scholarship...it is to learn and address the issues and [give] back to...ones in your surroundings. Nadeem, Spring 2016 alumnus

Project Activities

  • Undergraduate study and academic skill building: Participants attend a semester-long, academic program at US universities and colleges, which includes coursework in their fields of study and in an American studies topic. Students further enhance their critical study skills and gain the opportunity for academic success through academic skill-building courses or mentors.
  • Community service: Students give back to their American host communities by contributing a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer work during the semester. Students may volunteer in a variety of settings, such as after-school tutoring and enrichment programs, blood drives, community fundraisers, and disaster relief.
  • Country presentations: Students give at least one required presentation on Pakistan, sharing their country's history and traditions at their host institutions or in off-campus settings such as schools, retirement homes, or Rotary clubs.
  • Cultural Passport to America: For participation in cultural events and activities, Global UGRAD-Pakistan students receive stamps from their university and college advisors in their Cultural Passport. Through the Passport, students present on how they have explored various aspects of US culture, the linkages they’ve forged with Americans throughout the program, and their plans for sharing US culture with their communities when returning home.
  • Alumni programming: Global UGRAD-Pakistan alumni are eligible to apply for small grants to conduct cultural and community engagement activities in their home communities, and are provided with opportunities to continue to build their life and leadership skills.

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The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and is implemented by IREX.

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