Office of Global and International Strategies Welcomes Global UGRAD Fellow

Posted: September 2, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: September 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm

By Rita Rowand, Global Relations Specialist, Office of Global and International Strategies

Nataliia Kostiuchendo, a sophomore from the Ukraine, is Mason’s first UGRAD Program participant. Photo courtesy of Nataliia Kostiuchendo.

Mason was recently selected as a participant in the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, also known as the Global UGRAD Program. The program aims to advance youth leadership and promote mutual understanding by providing one year of nondegree U.S. study to undergraduates from 12 countries of the former Soviet Union.

Nataliia Kostiuchendo, a sophomore student from the Ukraine, is Mason’s first UGRAD Program participant. She will study international relations in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences throughout the 2010-11 academic year.

Kostiuchendo was one of 3,000 students who applied to the highly competitive 2010 program; only 5 percent were accepted.

In addition to studying, fellows are expected to perform community service, explore American traditions and hold one-semester internships.

Kostiuchendo will speak about her experiences as an exchange student as part of Mason’s International Education Week activities, Nov. 15–19, 2010.

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