USF Welcomes Student from Global UGRAD-Pakistan Program

Feb. 9, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

University of St. Francis is pleased to welcome a new international student to campus as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD-Pakistan). Joining the University of St. Francis family from Pakistan this semester is Abdul, a chemistry major.

The Global UGRAD-Pakistan program 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, community engagement, and in 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, leadership development, 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.

Abdul is grateful for this unique leadership experience. So far, he has observed that “American people are very kind and loving people. Everyone I have met here is very nice and helpful.”

In addition to their academic studies, Global UGRAD-Pakistan students will perform community service projects alongside other USF students and experience American culture firsthand. While interacting with students and the community, students from the UGRAD-Pakistan program develop a more well-rounded perception of American culture. They are then able to share this understanding with friends and family when they return home.

“This experience has made great changes in my personality and confidence level. I have also sharpened my leadership skills,” says Abdul. He looks forward to bringing his leadership skills, as well as what he has learned about American culture, back to back to the people of Pakistan, where he will be working in rural communities to promote literacy and education.

This partnership was made possible through the International Programs Office (IPO) at the University of St. Francis. The IPO promotes an educational environment in which students, faculty and staff can become involved with and aware of the global forces, people and perspective which shape our world today. USF is currently home to approximately 70 international students from 18 countries. International student services, study abroad, international recruitment assistance and the English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP) program are all handled by the International Programs Office. More information on available programming can be found at

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,850 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 48,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.