Salavat Khanov

Global UGRAD 2013-2014 Alumnus

Studied as an exchange student at Minnesota State University Moorhead under the auspices of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia & Central Asia.

Global UGRAD is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), sponsored by the United States Department of State, supported by the people of the United States, and administered by IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board).

Global UGRAD students are chosen in part for their leadership ability and accomplishments. Through program activities, they have the opportunity to learn about their strengths and improve their skills.


Study at Minnesota State University Moorhead

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Major: Computer Science
Semester: Fall 2013

Course Title Credits
POL 120 - American National Government and Politics 3.0
CSIS 349 - Networks and Data Communications 3.0
CSIS 335 - Graphical User Interface Programming 3.0
CSIS 360 - Linux Programming and Development Tools 3.0
UNIV 290 - Dragon Success 2.0

Some of my first impressions after I was notified that I had been accepted to MSUM on my UGRAD blog: (in Russian).

Professional Exchange at Myriad Devices

Completed my Professional Exchange at Myriad Devices, a Fargo-based mobile technology company whose purpose is to be the premier source for mobile technology, design, strategy, and consulting in the nation. It was an opportunity to observe a workplace in the U.S. and engage with professionals in my field of study.

At Myriad Devices, I did a two-day job shadowing, during which I asked the CEO several questions about the company, what they think about the future of mobile development (particularly on the iOS side), and spend the rest of the time with their team.

ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest


Being a member of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) branch at MSUM, I participated in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, a multi-tier, team-based, programming competition. In a team of three MSUM students, we took the 7th place out of 14 in our region.

IBM Master the Mainframe Contest

I am a part 1 winner in the IBM Master the Mainframe Contest, a contest that is designed to equip students with basic skills to make them more competitive for jobs in the enterprise computing industry.

Country Presentation

Country Presentation

As a Global UGRAD student, I conducted presentations about my home country during my academic program. The main purpose of the presentations was to enlighten Americans about my country and culture.

I made a Keynote presentation, printed several pictures, gave away souvenirs, talked about current events (e.g. winter Olympics 2014), introduced to the Russian language and alphabet, told about Ufa, my home city, showed maps, newspapers, coins, and books. Thanks to International Student Serivces and Kise Commons Dining Services, we had some free piroshki available for everyone at one of the presentations.


Big Iron Farm Show

Big Iron Farm Show

I was a Russian Interpreter (translated from English to Russian and vice versa) at the Big Iron Farm Show, the largest farm show in the upper Midwest. This show is held annually in September at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, West Fargo, North Dakota.

Plus It Forward Day

Plus It Forward Day

Plus It Forward is all about spreading kindness to change the world, one person at a time. On that sunny Saturday, we helped Churches United provide resources to homeless and poor people. After that, we joined local Fire Department to offer free car wash to Moorhead community.