Pakistani Student Muhammad Attends UNCW as Part of U.S Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program


With support from the U.S Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan, Muhammad is now a Seahawk.

“It has been an amazing experience,” he said. “I had no idea that America would be such a great place, with hospitable people, natural beauty, access to all kind of basic facilities, and remarkable educational institutions. I have found so many things new and interesting, including the advanced market system, gender equality, respect for individual life and a diverse culture.”

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the federal government and administered by IREX, a global development and education organization. More than 1,800 student leaders have participated in the program since 2010. Through the program, students spend one semester at a U.S. university where they focus on community service and cultural awareness and education activities. UNCW was selected by the U.S. Department of State to host a student of this program.

While at UNCW, Muhammad hopes to expand his leadership skills, explore the role the English language has played in forming a global citizenship and strengthen his understanding of “basic social values, including freedom and respect for individuality.”

Muhammad also welcomes the opportunity to share his country’s history and values, such as “the simple way of life and an attachment to tradition,” with his new American friends.

Welcoming international students to UNCW is one of many ways the university is preparing future generations of Seahawks to become global citizens, an important goal outlined in UNCW’s Strategic Plan

Without the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, Muhammad said he would not have been able to afford to study in the U.S. “Since I am the first person from my village to visit America as an exchange student, everyone is extremely happy and excited about my new journey. This program made me unique among the members of my society.” 


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