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February 2, 2012

ULM welcomes Global UGRAD-Pakistan fellow

The University of Louisiana at Monroe recently welcomed a new international student as part of the U.S. Department of State's Global Undergraduate Exchange Program.

Joining the ULM family is Shah Hassan of Pakistan.

The Global UGRAD-Pakistan program aims to advance youth leadership and promote mutual understanding by providing one academic term of non-degree undergraduate U.S. study on a highly competitive basis to a diverse group of emerging student leaders from underrepresented sectors of Pakistan.

In addition to their academic studies, Global UGRAD-Pakistan fellows perform community service and explore American traditions through the unique Cultural Passport to America program.

While interacting with Americans in the community and on campus, they develop a more well-rounded perception of American culture, going on to share this understanding with friends, family and others in their communities back home.

Global UGRAD-Pakistan fellows are also unofficial ambassadors for Pakistan, sometimes the only one from that country on campus.

Their unique perspectives and backgrounds typically enrich the learning experience for American students.

Global UGRAD-Pakistan fellows also give presentations about their country and cultures at local schools, Rotary clubs, nursing facilities, and other locations, reaching thousands of Americans each year.

If organizations would like to request a Global UGRAD Program fellow as a speaker or volunteer, contact Dr. Mara Loeb, Director of International Student Programs and Services at 318-342-5225 or

About the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs brings together students and professionals from the U.S. and across the world to foster stronger relationships between countries.

It also sponsors cross-border cultural exchanges, English language teaching programs and sports initiatives.

ECA works with students, educators, artists, athletes and emerging leaders in many fields in the U.S. and in more than 160 countries.

Alumni of ECA exchange programs comprise more than one million people around the world, including more than 40 Nobel Laureates and more than 300 current or former heads of state and government officials.

For more information about ECA exchanges, visit

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