IEW Profile: Leen Elharake

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education are part of a joint initiative to promote programs that prepare Americans for the global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. This IEW profile is part of a series celebrating International Education Week from November 14 to 18, 2022.

Q: What is your name? 

Leen Elharake

Q: Where are you from?


Q: What is your program? 

Urban and Environmental Planning

Q: What is your school or department? 

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Q: As an international student can you indicate what type of funding you received from ASU’s Graduate College? 

Fulbright Foreign Student Fellowship

Q: How has this Graduate College funding impacted your studies, research and experience here at ASU?

Receiving the scholarship funding gave me a unique opportunity to gain a deep understanding of global planning challenges, engage with cities and local organizations in Arizona, and implement innovative planning solutions in this urban context. I hope to translate some of the successful policies and best practices I learned at ASU in my home country in the future.

Q: When are you expected to graduate?

May 2023