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World Scholar Spotlight

Ummeh Islam, a freshman world scholar, had the opportunity to travel to San Sebastian, Spain during her first semester as a UD student.
Ummeh Islam, a freshman world scholar, had the opportunity to travel to San Sebastian, Spain during her first semester as a UD student.

Ummeh Islam, a first year psychology major at UD, started her first semester differently than the majority of the student body. Instead of coming to campus in August to move into a residence hall and meet her new roommate, Islam stepped off a plane in Madrid, Spain as part of the World Scholars Program. 

The World Scholars program at UD is a four year commitment which includes studying abroad during your freshman and junior year, studying a globally focused minor, living in an international living-learning community, and more. 

“Since I’ve been in Delaware my entire life, I wanted to go out of state but that would have been a little too  expensive,” Isalm said. “I wanted to find something where I could still stay in state but have an outside experience. World scholars provided that for me because I was able to go abroad.”

Not only was Isalm able to take breadth courses throughout the semester, she also had the opportunity to go on excursions outside of Madrid including  Morocco, Seville, and San Sebastian.

“In Morocco, we lived with a host family. It  was such a good experience that I would definitely recommend to anyone considering studying abroad,” said Islam.  

With Islam being back in Delaware now for her second semester, she is taking the transition well by enrolling in a first year seminar class and getting involved in resident student organizations (RSO) on campus. 

“I just joined Active Minds, which is an RSO to decrease the stigma around mental health and is also related to my major,” said Islam. “I also joined the Muslim Student Association and the South Asian Student Association, where I even applied for an  executive board position.” 

As for Umey’s future plans at UD, she’s already starting to think about where she wants to travel to next. 

“I want to go to an Asian country. I was thinking of going to Japan or Indonesia because I wanted to focus on the stigma of mental health throughout Asian cultures,” explains Islam. 



Written by Mary Holmes and Marissa DiGiacomo



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