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The NESA UGRAD Scholarship - Tunis, Tunisia
July 26, Abu Dhabi – On Tuesday, July 26 the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi welcomed students preparing to travel to the U.S. on the NESA UGRAD Fellowship Program. The students, selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, will spend one academic year as a part of the U.S. State Department program, which aims to develop leadership skills and an understanding of American society and culture for participants.
The students visited the embassy for a pre-departure briefing in advance of their travel, set for mid-August. As part of the briefing, the U.S. Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs Robert Arbuckle greeted the students and congratulated them on being selected for the program. He urged them not only to explore American culture, but to serve as ambassadors of their country and culture in the U.S., to give Americans the opportunity to learn more about the UAE and the Arab world.
The NESA UGRAD program is part of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States Department of State. The goal of the program is to increase mutual understanding between young emerging leaders from the Near East and South Asia and the citizens of the United States by providing meaningful academic and cultural experiences at U.S. colleges or universities. The immersion experience on American campuses is designed to ensure that participants gain a first-hand understanding of the American way of life and to promote the development of peaceful and constructive relations between the Near Eastern and South Asian nations and the United States.
While in the U.S., NESA UGRAD students will take courses relevant to their fields of study, and they will have the opportunity to perform community service and take an internship. Each student will attend courses at one of the participating institutions, which include Humboldt State University, the University of Wyoming, the University of Central Missouri, Murray State University and Augustana College.
Working in cooperation with public and private partners across the UAE, the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, along with the U.S. Consulate in Dubai, supports a range of programs reflecting the depth and breadth of the U.S.-UAE diplomatic relationship.
NESA UGRAD Program - Embassy of the United States
2011 NESA UGRAD Participants with U.S. Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs Robert Arbuckle and Cultural Affairs Officer Stephanie Sandoval