Bethany College is pleased to welcome eight new international students on campus as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (Global UGRAD).
Joining the Bethany College community are Oybek Aitbaev from Uzbekistan, Artem Alsufyev from Russia, Shuhratjon Ashurov from Tajikistan, Gulchekhra Khalmetova from Kazakhstan, Elena Kostyukhina from Russia, Anna Lisnic from Moldova, Anastasiya Xegay from Uzbekistan, and Katsiaryna Zhauryd from Belarus. The Global UGRAD Program aims to advance youth leadership and promote mutual understanding by providing one year of non-degree US study to undergraduates from 12 countries of the former Soviet Union. In addition to their academic studies, Global UGRAD fellows perform community service, explore American traditions through the unique Cultural Passport to America program and hold one-semester internships.
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State and is administered by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). Since 1992, nearly 4,000 participants have completed the program, increasing diversity on over 140 campuses throughout the United States.