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FGCU Hosts Global UGRAD Student from Russia

FORT MYERS, FL - This fall, Florida Gulf Coast University welcomed Polina Silvander from Russia who is participating in the U.S. Department of State's Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (Global UGRAD).

FGCU's International Services was awarded the opportunity to host Silvander, who will enroll in environmental studies courses, participate in campus activities and community programs, and other typical American experiences to learn more about our country.

The Global UGRAD program aims to advance youth leadership and promote mutual understanding by providing one year of non-degree U.S. 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.

"I am very proud to have been accepted at Florida Gulf Coast University," said Silvander. This is a new and modern university where students have a possibility to study and cooperate with qualified professors. I believe that FGCU is the best university to study environmental science. It is a great opportunity for me to widen my knowledge about the U.S. and its culture, compare the system of education to the system in my native country, and have a great experience of communication and daily life. I hope my stay at FGCU will help me to be an active participant of community life and provide a perfect milieu for culture exchange experience."

The Global UGRAD program is highly competitive, averages over 3,000 applications per year with a 5 percent rate of acceptance, and is administered by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX). Since 1992, nearly 4,000 participants have completed the program, increasing diversity on over 140 campuses throughout the United States.

Silvander is available to speak to community groups.

For more information, please contact Timothy Gjini, assistant director for FGCU International Services, at (239) 590-7925.

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