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Our USPCAS-W Exchange program provides the opportunity for an approximately 15 exceptional Mehran University of Engineering and Technology students and faculty to study at the University of Utah and Colorado State University for one semester.

This rigorous Exchange is focused on preparing the next generation of water professionals to help Pakistan achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation for All.

The program offers technical training, non-technical training and cross-cultural experiences and provides a well-rounded education to support the development of a complete engineer.

Participants are encouraged to take ownership of their intellectual and professional development through the many opportunities available on campus and throughout the program.

USPCAS-W Exchange Scholars participate in a rigorous program of study with a four-part focus:

Course Work

Thesis-relevant courses
Research writing course
Applicable trainings


Thesis research guidance
Mentoring by U research groups

Cultural Activities

Social activities
Cultural site visits
Networking opportunities
Experiential learning

Field Work

Coordinated outings to
water treatment facilities,
dams, hydropower plants,
and more

Students participating in the exchange program fill out a “goal setting worksheet” at the beginning of the program. With the guidance of their mentors, they set goals in the seven areas listed below. The students share ways in which they will work on improving in each area, moving toward self-driven excellence.

Throughout the semester, students are asked to assess their progress, along with continuing to work with mentors and others involved in the project to advance in each goal area and achieve their objectives.

Highlighted Exchange Activities

Water in Utah: Experiential Learning Module

Our Exchange program offers a series of integrated lectures and field-trips that follow water through Utah’s system. The tour begins with major storage infrastructure and moves through management, treatment, forecasting and modeling. Students gain a comprehensive view of the water system and how it works, then apply this knowledge to systems in Pakistan.

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Writing Course and Practicum

All Exchange students participate in writing classes two days a week and writing practicum four days a week. This focused time helps improve English writing skills, refines papers and student theses, and creates more professional writing skills that will help students achieve success.

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Cultural Diplomat Program

This program gives Exchange students an opportunity to go beyond planned academic activities to engage in a rich variety of cultural opportunities. Students have the opportunity to share ideas, art, service, and other cultural elements with members of the community as they experience more of Utah and the larger U.S.

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This program is made possible by the support of the United States Government and the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the sole responsibility of the University of Utah and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.