Sebudisi Mafabatho, a third-year Industrial Engineering student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), is heading to the United States of America to begin a year-long undergraduate exchange program at Northwest College in Wyoming.
The Near East, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa Undergraduate Exchange Program (NESA Global UGrad) is a scholarship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for emerging student leaders from underrepresented sectors around the world.
The program will kick-start in Washington D.C. with an orientation program and then students will head off to various campuses across the United States. During the one-year program, participants will take non-degree classes in their related fields and actively experience American campus life, take part in cultural enrichment and community service activities.
Sebudisi expressed considerable excitement at the prospect of enhancing her personal and professional development through a year of study in the U.S. academic environment. By participating in this exchange program she hopes to gain exposure to businesses concepts that will equip her to pursue her goal of becoming a leader in industrial engineering and project management. “I’m nervous to be away from my home and country for such a long time but at the same time I’m excited at the prospect of experiencing a new academic system and culture. I’m hungry for knowledge and the challenge that lies ahead,” she said as she collected her visa and passport.
For more information on U.S. Department of State sponsored exchanges and scholarships, please visithttp://southafrica.usembassy.gov/educational_exchanges.html