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Office of International Studies and Programs
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Central Washington University Welcomes U.S. Department of State Global UGRAD-Pakistan Students

Central Washington University (CWU) is pleased to welcome new international students to campus as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD-Pakistan). Joining the CWU community are Haider and Nayab.

The Global UGRAD-Pakistan program, which places participants at U.S. colleges and universities for a semester of study abroad and leadership-building, is part of a broader U.S. Department of State effort to promote greater understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. Since the program’s inception in 2010, Global UGRAD-Pakistan has provided over 2,000 talented, highly motivated undergraduate student leaders from across Pakistan with the opportunity to study at an American campus.

Through quarter- and/or semester-long academic coursework, exploration of U.S. culture, participation in community service projects, and interactions with Americans in their host communities and campuses, Global UGRAD-Pakistan participants develop expertise in their academic fields and gain a broad and nuanced understanding of American culture and values. Over the past decade, participants have volunteered over 40,000 hours of service in communities across the United States, and more than 90% of alumni share the skills and knowledge they learn during the program in their home communities upon returning to Pakistan.

Global UGRAD-Pakistan participants enrich the lives of the Americans they meet by sharing their culture and bringing a global perspective to their host communities. These ties endure, with over 95% of program alumni maintaining relationships with Americans they met while in the United States.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX. To learn more about the program, visit:

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. ECA programs promote friendly and peaceful relations, as mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. ECA accomplishes its mission through a range of programs based on the benefits of mutual understanding, international educational and cultural exchange, and leadership development. For more information about ECA exchanges, visit For press inquiries please email

IREX is a global development and education organization. They strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world. With an annual portfolio of more than $80 million and over 500 staff worldwide, they work with partners in 100+ countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information. For more information about IREX, visit

To keep up with Global UGRAD-Pakistan on social media, visit their pages below.
Facebook: @GlobalUGRADPakistan
Twitter: @UGRADPakistan
Instagram: @ugradpakistan

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