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Tunisian & Pakistani Students Join NCC

Tunisian & Pakistani students study at NCC to develop a deeper understanding of American culture

Mia Rossi,


Pictured above, NCC International student, Lubna

Northampton Community College is pleased to welcome new international students on campus. As part of the U.S. Department of State's Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program's Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program (TCCSP), Mohamed and Zeineb are able to join the NCC family. Through the U.S. Department of State's Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD-Pakistan), Lubna joins NCC for the school year as well.

The year-long TCCSP builds the workforce and leadership skills of a diverse group of young technical institute students from across Tunisia. Participants develop academic knowledge and skills in their field of study and complete an internship program in the year that they are in the U.S. The Global UGRAD-Pakistan program allows talented, highly motivated undergraduate students from underserved populations across Pakistan to spend one semester at a U.S. college or university learning skills they can utilize in their future.  

Through U.S.-based training, practical professional experience, community engagement and service learning, these youth gain the skills needed to contribute to economic and social development in their respective countries. The students from these programs return home to share American culture and values and gain an understanding of the United States they can carry into their future careers. International students also enrich the learning experience for American students by sharing their unique perspectives and backgrounds. These programs create links between Tunisians and Americans to increase cross-cultural understanding.  

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan and The Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is implemented by IREX (the International Research & Exchanges Board).  

For more information about these programs, visit the sites below:  

https://www.irex.org/project/global-undergraduate-exchange-program-pakistan-global-ugrad-pakistan  

https://www.irex.org/project/tccsp