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Asma wears a bright orange long sleeved salwar kameez and black headscarf, nametag on a lanyard around her neck, and sunglasses. Behind her is the Reflecting Pool, with the Washington Monument visible far in the distance. The sky is overcast.

Pakistani Students with Disabilities: Asma's Tips to Access U.S. Study

In Pakistan people with disabilities are among the most vulnerable and dependent for assistance on their families. Often they find it challenging to get an education and find jobs due to lack of accessibility, proper accommodation, inclusion and proper laws to protect the rights of people with disabilities. I know this first-hand, as someone who is visually impaired and has gone through many hardships and faced many challenges. And yet, finally with the blessings of Allah, I graduated with a degree in law this year!

Mandela Washington fellows standing on steps with Gallaudet President, Roberta Cordano.

Preparing Deaf Mandela Washington Fellows for Their Program in the United States

The U.S. Department of State-sponsored National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) often receives questions about how colleges and universities can support international Deaf students.  One program that has tackled this challenge in an innovative way is the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Large group of students, including students with disabilities, pose for camera in front of "Google" balloons and hold a sign that says "Good Student Retreat: Lime Scholars"

Gaining Practical Experience in Computer Science While Studying in the U.S.

Meenakshi Das (Meena), an international Computer Science student from India, advanced her programming career by studying Computer Science in the United States. She was selected as one of 12 recipients of the Google  Lime Scholarship in North America in 2018 and was also invited for a 2 day scholars retreat at Google Headquarters in Mountain View in the summer to socialize with other scholarship winners and learn more about Google. Meena also gained practical experience at several tech companies in the U.S.

Anthony sits on a ledge, wearing sunglasses, overlooking green islands over water.

Where the Andes Mountains End and the Jungle Begins

As soon as Anthony heard he would need to find an internship for his Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Promotion, he knew he wanted to complete it abroad. He wished to further his cultural awareness and knew he wanted to spend time living in a Spanish-speaking country, since he already spoke some of the language. After finding out about the Gilman Scholarship from his professor, Anthony applied and was awarded a scholarship to fund his time abroad.

Panoramic photo of large group of students sitting on track.

Finding the Way in Japan

Miles first discovered his interest in Japan in elementary school. His best friend was always wanting to show him the latest manga and anime that she had discovered, but Miles wasn't interested and would always say that he would try to look at it later. That "later" came when he was 13 years old and he read his first piece of manga. That led to him watching an anime show. Between the Japanese language, storyline and school uniforms, Miles was hooked.

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Video: A Deaf Pioneer From Indonesia

As a child growing up in Indonesia where accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing children is lacking, Cristophorus Budidharma once believed that subjects such as science and math were out of reach for him. It wasn't until later, when he learned that many deaf and hard of hearing people succeed in the STEM fields, that he broke with these beliefs and resolved to learn English, math and science for himself as an undergraduate student at Rochester Institute of Technology in the United States. And he's not stopping there.

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Application Tips for the Gilman Scholarship

What it Is

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Recipients are awarded up to $5000 (or $8000 including the Critical Need Language Award) to be used toward the cost of study abroad or international internship programs.

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