Exchange programs bring students to TROY from Pakistan, former Soviet Union countries

Posted: Monday, 10 October 2011

TROY—As part of a global exchange program, Troy University welcomes three students from Pakistan and five from countries in the former Soviet Union on non-academic study opportunities.

Joining the Troy University family are Emin Askarzade from Azerbaijan, Boburmirzo Djabbarov from Uzbekistan, Anastasiia Dobrovolska from Moldova, George Kordzakhia from Georgia, and Marianna Mykaylyuk from Ukraine and Aqsa Ehsan, Aliya Harir and Tehreem Naz from Pakistan.

The students are attending Troy University on a non-academic study exchange program hosted by the U.S. Department of State's Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (UGRAD-Pakistan) and in Eurasia and Central Europe (Global UGRAD).

The Pakistani students will attend TROY for one semester and the former Soviet Union students will stay for one year. This is only the second semester TROY has had students from Pakistan attending the University.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State and is administered by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX).

The program's aim is to "advance youth leadership" by providing both the academic opportunity, as well as promoting community service within the program.

"While interacting with Americans in the community and on campus, Global UGRAD-Pakistan fellows develop a more well-rounded perception of American culture. They go on to share this understanding of the U.S. with friends, family, and others in their communities back home," said Maria Frigge, an international student advisor at TROY.

Both programs are highly competitive, with Global UGRAD averaging a 5 percent acceptance rate from its 3,000 applicants each year.

Not only is the program aimed at providing opportunities for students to study in America but it also enriches the lives of American students by providing this exchange of cultures.

For more information about ECA exchanges, visit or IREX visit