Education "the most important tool to give a girl voice" ; Proud to be an US Department of State Exchange Alumni

Ukhengching Marma
Posted January 9, 2017 from Bangladesh

Just finished my one semester exchange at St Catherine University, Minnesota through The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

This is an amazing opportunity which world pulse sisters can utilize who are studying in Undergraduate level.

This international educational and cultural exchange program brings future leaders to the United States to experience the U.S. educational system, enhance their knowledge, and explore U.S. culture and values. It also affords students the opportunity to share their cultures and traditions with people in the United States.Global UGRAD is administered by World Learning on behalf of ECA.

Global UGRAD will provide a select group of approximately 250 students with scholarships for one academic semester of undergraduate, non-degree study in the United States. The scholarship will cover international travel, tuition, room and board, accident/sickness insurance, a small monthly stipend, and funding for books. Global UGRAD is a substantive exchange program designed to expose students to the U.S. educational system, society, and culture. Finalists represent diverse disciplines, from architecture to engineering, biochemistry,literature, and education. A small number of students will also receive additional English language training in the U.S. prior to the start of their academic program. Students will live in university residence halls and will have the opportunity to participate in campus organizations and activities. All students are required to participate in volunteer community service activities and are encouraged to participate in professional development activities as part of the Global UGRAD Program. Exposure to U.S. civil society, as well as the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States, gives the participants a strong example of tolerance in a democratic society.

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Jill Langhus
Jan 10, 2017
Jan 10, 2017

Hi Ukhengching.

Congrats on completing your exchange program. It sounds like a great opportunity. Thanks for letting people know about this program. What did you learn about, specifically? Thanks.

Aliya Bashir
Aug 16, 2017
Aug 16, 2017

Dear Ukhengching,

Thank you for sharing this post. Congratulations for becoming a US Department of State Exchange Alumni. Your voice is important and empowering. I totally agree with you that it is so crucial to educate a girl which is the most empowering tool.