Iuliia Ponomarova is a new international student on campus as part of the U.S. Department of State's Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia & Central Asia (Global UGRAD).

Ponomarova, Ukranian, is majoring in American Studies and will be here through the spring semester.

The Global UGRAD Program advances youth leadership and promotes mutual understanding by providing one year of non-degree US study to undergraduates from 12 countries of the former Soviet Union. In addition to academic studies, Global UGRAD fellows perform community service, explore American traditions through the Cultural Passport to America program, and hold one-semester internships.

The Global UGRAD program is highly competitive, averaging more than 3,000 applications per year with a 5 percent rate of acceptance.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia & Central Asia 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. Since 1992, nearly 4,000 participants have completed the program, increasing diversity on over 140 campuses throughout the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii.

Media contact: Carolyn Gonzales, 277-5920; e-mail: cgonzal@unm.edu