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West Liberty welcomes international students as part of the U.S. Department of State's Global UGRAD Program

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West Liberty University welcomes 10 new international students on campus as part of the U.S. Department of State's Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD).

Joining the WLU campus for 2013-2014 are Olga Melnic, Republic of Moldova; Dzmitry Yaltykhau, Belarus; Ali Nadia, Pakistan; Abdul Muneem, Pakistan; Antigona Uka, Kosovo; Ameni Gassoumi, Tunisia; Asma Khadraoui, Tunisia; Olavo Inacio, Angola; Feriel Khammoume, Algeria and Kafa Al-Omaisi, Yemen.

Because November is International Education Month, the students are presenting public programs all month long that feature their cultures and topics of global interest. All programs take place in the College Union, alumni room.
 
The Global UGRAD program strengthens youth leaders from underserved populations across international lines, according to Mihaela Szabo, director of international student enrollment. Szabo is from Transylvania and came to the U.S. as a graduate student, earning a master's degree in public administration.

"Our international students are very involved in campus life and happy to meet members of the community," she said. The UGRAD students are enrolled in programs like English literature, business, computers, education, and hospitality and tourism.

"West Liberty created two international houses to further facilitate the interaction between international students and American students. This living arrangement works very well and creates lifelong friendships."

WLU also has an active International Student Club that meets weekly, plans events and outreach.

Global UGRAD 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).