Published on 04 Jun 2013 | over 3 years ago

This is raw footage of interviews with Pakistani student Aqeel Ahmed during the Fall of 2012 at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida. FIU is one of the most diverse universities in the nation, the largest Hispanic Serving university, among the 20 largest universities in the U.S., and listed among the 100 best new universities in the world by The Times. It is Miami's only public university.

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 U.S.-based training and practical experience in leadership positions, civic engagement, and 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.

Through semester-long programs of study, exploration of U.S. culture, and integration into U.S. communities, Global UGRAD-Pakistan students develop a broad and nuanced understanding of U.S. values and become citizen ambassadors who support expanded diplomatic and development partnerships.

This program will provide fellowships for 200 outstanding undergraduate students from Pakistan for non-degree study in the US in any academic field. Global UGRAD-Pakistan fellows will participate in 20 hours of community service at local organizations during their semester in the US. These activities will help engage fellows in their host communities as well as gain skills and experience they can apply when they return home to Pakistan. They will take one course in American Studies to learn about the United States and conduct one country presentation on or off-campus to raise awareness about Pakistan. The fellows will also participate in an academic skills building component that will help facilitate their transition into the American academic system. The Global UGRAD-Pakistan fellows are also required to participate in the Cultural Ambassadors Passport to America program, which will help them experience various cultural activities during their stay in the US.

Global UGRAD-Pakistan is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

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