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Ibrahim Mohamed studied at United Arab Emirates University on a Gilman Scholarship
September 11, 2015

UMass Boston Students Earn Scholarships to Study Abroad


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Depina and Mai Among 860 Nationwide to Win Gilman Scholarships for the Fall

Two more UMass Boston students have earned scholarships through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to study abroad. Agostinha Depina and Trang Mai are two of 860 students nationwide to be studying this fall on a Gilman scholarship.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. 

Last spring, UMass Boston student and scholarship winner Ibrahim Mohamed studied at United Arab Emirates University. Mohamed was also one of about 60 students nationwide this year to receive the Gilman Critical Need Language Award, given to students studying in which a critical language is spoken, such as Arabic. His total award was $8,000.

The senior economics major was able to take economic and business courses taught from a global point of view. A highlight of his stay was traveling to Mecca and Madinah.

“Through my study abroad experience, I found a new interest in exploring the world and embarking on new adventures that lead me to discover myself—adventures that drive my personal development,” Mohamed said.

Born in Dadaab, Kenya, this Boston resident is now considering a career abroad, tapping into the connections he made in the United Arab Emirates.

Mai, a chemistry major, is now studying at Korea University in Seoul, South. Depina, a senior communication major, is the first UMass Boston student to study on exchange to Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Depina, a Dorchester resident, says she wanted to step out of her comfort zone.

“I did some research and discovered that Ethiopia is in fact one of the world's fastest-growing economies,” Depina said. “I am originally from an island in the west coast of Africa, Cape Verde, so studying in Ethiopia felt like I was going home in a sense.”

Depina, Mai, and Mohamed are participants in Reciprocal Exchange Programs, which means they pay UMass Boston tuition to study abroad.

To learn about the exchange program and scholarship opportunities through UMass Boston’s Office of Global Programs, visit

The deadline to study abroad in the spring or summer through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is October 6.