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Countries

simple map outline of afganistan


  • Country: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  • Capital: Kabul
  • Government: Islamic republic
  • Population: 28,395,716
  • Area: 647,500 km, 251,772 sq mi
  • Major language(s): Dari (Persian) and Pashto
  • Major religion(s): Islam
  • Currency: Afghani (AFN)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of armenia


  • Country: People's Republic of China
  • Capital: Yerevan
  • Government: Presidential republic
  • Population: 3,262,200
  • Area: 29,743 km2, 11,484 sq mi
  • Major language: Armenian
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Currency: Dram
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of aazerbaijan


  • Country: Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Capital: Baku
  • Government: Presidential republic
  • Population: 9,047,000
  • Area: 86,600 km2, 33,436 sq mi
  • Major language: Azerbaijani
  • Major religion: 99% of the population are Muslims
  • Currency: Manat (AZN)
  • Flag:

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  • Country: People's Republic of Bangladesh
  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Government: Unitary state and parliamentary democracy
  • Population: 164.4 million
  • Area: 147,570 km2, 56,977 sq mi
  • Major language: Bangla
  • Major religion: Muslims constitute 89.5 % of the population followed by Hindus who constitute 9.6 %. The remainder of Bangladeshis practice other religions such as Buddhism and Christianity.
  • Currency: Taka (BDT)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of china


  • Country: People's Republic of China
  • Capital: Beijing
  • Government: Socialist
  • Population: 1.3 billion
  • Area:  3,705,386 miles2 (9,596,960 km2); slightly smaller than the U.S.
  • Terrain: mostly mountains, high plateaus, deserts in west; plains, deltas, and hills in east
  • Major language(s): Chinese Mandarin, and local dialects
  • Major religion(s): Officially atheist but traditional religion contains elements of Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism
  • Currency: CNY (Chinese Yuan)
  • Flag:

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Partner Universities

ISEP

simple map outline of egypt


  • Country: Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Capital: Cairo
  • Government: Military junta
  • Population: 79,089,650
  • Area: 1,002,450 km2, 387,048 sq mi
  • Major language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Islam and Christianity
  • Currency: Egyptian pound (EGP)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of georgia


  • Country: Georgia
  • Government: Republic
  • Population: 4,615,807
  • Area: 69,700 km²; slightly smaller than South Carolina
  • Terrain: largely mountainous, opens to the Black Sea in the west; good soils in river valley flood plains
  • Major language(s): Georgian (official, 71%), Russian (9%), Armenian (7%), Azeri (6%)
  • Major religion(s): Orthodox Christian (83.9%), Muslim (9.9%), Armenian-Gregorian (3.9%)
  • Capital & population: T'bilisi; 1.5 million (metropolitan area)
  • Currency: GEL (Georgia Laris)
  • Flag:

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Partner Universities

Free University of Tbilisi

simple map outline of india


  • Country: Republic of India
  • Capital: New Delhi
  • Government: Federal republic
  • Population: 1,166,079,217
  • Area: 3,287,263 km²; slightly more than 1/3 the size of U.S.
  • Terrain: upland plain in south, flat to rolling plain along the Ganges, deserts in the west, Himalayas in north
  • Major language(s):  There are 15 official languages, Hindi (41%), Bengali (8.1%), Telugu (7.2%)
  • Major religion(s): Hindu (80.5%), Muslim (13.4%), Christian, Sikh
  • Currency: INR (Indian Rupees)
  • Flag:

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UM Programs

ISEP
Faculty Directed

Indian Himalayas - College of Forestry and Conservation

simple map outline of iran


  • Country: Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Capital: Tehran
  • Government: Islamic republic
  • Population: 76,923,300
  • Area: 1,648,195 km2, 636,372 sq mi
  • Major language: Persian
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Currency: Rial (IRR)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of iraq


  • Country: Republic of Iraq
  • Capital: Baghdad
  • Government: Federal parliamentary republic
  • Population: 31,234,000
  • Area: 438,317 km2, 169,234 sq mi
  • Major language: Arabic, Kurdish
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Currency: Iraqi dinar (IQD)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of israel


  • Country: State of Israel
  • Capital: Jerusalem
  • Government: Parliamentary democracy
  • Population: 7,653,600
  • Area: 20,770 / 22,072 km2, 8,019 / 8,522 sq mi
  • Major language: Hebrew, Arabic
  • Major religion: Judaism
  • Currency: Shekel (ILS or NIS)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of jordan


  • Country: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Capital: Amman
  • Government: Constitutional monarchy
  • Population: 6,407,085
  • Area: 92,300 km2, 35,637 sq mi
  • Major language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Currency: Jordanian dinar (JOD)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of kazakhstan


  • Country: Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Government: Republic, authoritarian presidential rule
  • Population: 15,399,437
  • Area: 2,724,900 km²; approx. four times the size of Texas
  • Terrain: vast steppe surrounded by Altai mountains; Siberian plains in the north and oases and deserts of Central Asia in the south
  • Major language(s): Kazakh (state language, 64.4%), Russian (official, 95%)
  • Major religion(s): Muslim (47%), Russian Orthodox (44%)
  • Capital & population: Astana; 750,000
  • Monetary unit:  KZT (Kazakhstan Tenges)
  • Flag:

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UM Programs

Partner Universities

Kazakh National Pedagogical University (faculty exchange only)

simple map outline of kuwait


  • Country: State of Kuwait
  • Capital: Kuwait City
  • Government: Constitutional hereditary emirate
  • Population: 3,566,437
  • Area: 17,820 km2, 6,880 sq mi
  • Major language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Currency: Kuwaiti dinar (KWD)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of kyrgyzstan


  • Country: Kyrgyz Republic
  • Government: Republic
  • Population: 5,431,747
  • Area: 199,951 km²; slightly smaller than South Dakota
  • Terrain: Peaks of Tien Shan and associated valleys and basins encompass entire nation
  • Major language(s): Kyrgyz (official, 64.7%), Uzbek (13.6%), Russian (official, 12.5%)
  • Major religion(s): Muslim (75%), Russian Orthodox (20%)
  • Capital & population: Bishkek; 1.3 million (metro area)
  • Monetary unit: KGS (Kyrgyzstan Soms)
  • Flag:

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UM Programs

Partner Universities

simple map outline of lebanon


  • Country: Republic of Lebanon
  • Capital: Beirut
  • Government: Confessionalist, parliamentary republic
  • Population: 4,224,000
  • Area:10,452 km2, 4,036 sq mi
  • Major language: Arabic, French
  • Major religion: Islam and Christianity
  • Currency: Lebanese pound (LBP)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of libya


  • Country: Libya
  • Capital: Tripoli
  • Government: Jamahiriya
  • Population: 6,420,000
  • Area:1,759,541 km2, 679,359 sq mi
  • Major language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Currency: Dinar (LYD)
  • Flag:

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  • Country: Mongolia
  • Capital: Ulan Bator
  • Government: Parliamentary republic
  • Population: 2,736,800
  • Area:1,564,115.75 km2, 603,909 sq mi
  • Major language: Mongolian
  • Major religion: Tibetan Buddhism
  • Currency: Tögrög (MNT)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of ,orocco


  • Country: Kingdom of Morocco
  • Capital: Rabat
  • Government: Constitutional monarchy
  • Population: 32,200,000
  • Area:  710,850 km2 (57th) 274,460 sq mi
  • Major language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Currency: Moroccan dirham (MAD)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of oman


  • Country: Sultanate of Oman
  • Capital: Muscat
  • Government: Islamic absolute monarchy
  • Population: 2,845,000
  • Area: 309,550 km2,119,498 sq mi
  • Major language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Currency: Rial (OMR)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of pakistan


  • Country: Islamic Republick of Pakistan
  • Government: Federal republic
  • Population: 176,242,949
  • Area: 796,095 km²; slightly less than twice the size of California
  • Terrain: flat Indus plain in east; mountains in north and northwest; Balochistan plateau in west
  • Major language(s): Punjabi (48%), Sindhi (12%), Siraiki (10%), Pashtu (8%), Urdu (official, 8%)
  • Major religion(s): Muslim (95%)
  • Capital & population: Islamabad; 1.87 million
  • Monetary unit: PKR (Pakistan Rupees)
  • Flag:

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UM Programs

Partner Universities

University of Peshewar (faculty exchange only)

simple map outline of qatar


  • Country: State of Qatar
  • Capital: Doha
  • Government: Absolute monarchy
  • Population: 1,696,563
  • Area: 11,437 km2, 4,416 sq mi
  • Major language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Currency: Riyal (QAR)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of russia


  • Country: Russian Federation
  • Government: Federation
  • Population: 140,041,247
  • Area: 17,098,242 km²; approx. 1.8 times the size of U.S.
  • Terrain: Broad plain with low hills west of Urals; vast coniferous forest and tundra in Siberia; uplands and mountains along southern border regions
  • Major language(s): Russian, many minority languages
  • Major religion(s): Russian Orthodox (15%), Muslim (10%)
  • Capital & population: Moscow; 10.5 million
  • Monetary unit: RUB (Russia Rubles)
  • Flag:

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UM Programs

Partner Universities
Faculty Directed

simple map outline of saudi arabia


  • Country: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Capital: Riyadh
  • Government: Islamic absolute monarchy
  • Population: 27,136,977
  • Area: 2,149,690 km2, 830,000 sq mi
  • Major language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Currency: Saudi Riyal (SR) (SAR)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of shri lanka


  • Country: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  • Capital: Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte
  • Government: Democratic Socialist Republic
  • Population: 20,238,000
  • Area: 65,610 km2, 25,332 sq mi
  • Major language: Sinhala, Tamil
  • Major religion: Religions which today exist in Sri Lanka, in addition to Buddhism and Hinduism include Islam as well as different churches of Christianity.
  • Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of sudan


  • Country: Republic of the Sudan
  • Capital: Khartoum
  • Government: Federal presidential democratic republic
  • Population: 43,939,598
  • Area: 2,505,813 km2, 967,500 sq mi
  • Major language: Arabic, English
  • Major religion: seventy percent of the population adheres to Islam, while the remainder of the population follows either animist and indigenous beliefs (twenty-five percent) or Christianity (five percent).
  • Currency: Sudanese pound (SDG)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of syria


  • Country: Syrian Arab Republic
  • Capital: Damascus
  • Government: Presidential single party republic under Emergency Law since 1963.
  • Population: 22,505,000
  • Area: 185,180 km2, 71,479 sq mi
  • Major language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Muslim 87%, Druze 3% and Christian 10%
  • Currency: Syrian pound (SYP)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of tajikistan


  • Country: Republic of Tajikistan
  • Government: Republic
  • Population: 7,349,145
  • Area: 143,100 km²; slightly smaller than Wisconsin
  • Terrain: Pamir and Alay Mountains dominate landscape; western Fergana Valley in north, Kofarnihon and Vakhsh Valleys in southwest
  • Major language(s): Tajik (official), Russian used widely
  • Major religion(s): Sunni Muslim (85%), Shia Muslim (5%)
  • Capital & population: Dushanbe; 679,400
  • Monetary unit: TJS (Tajikistan Somoni)
  • Flag:

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UM Programs

Partner Universities
  • Kurghon Teppa University
  • Ministry of Education
  • State University of Kulob
  • Tajik State National University

simple map outline of turkey


  • Country: Republic of Turkey
  • Capital: Ankara
  • Government: Parliamentary republic
  • Population: 77,804,122
  • Area: 783,562 km2, 302,535 sq mi
  • Major language: Turkish
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Currency: Turkish lira (TRY)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of tukmenistan


  • Country: Turkmenistan
  • Capital: Ashgabat
  • Government: Presidential republic Single-party state
  • Population: 5,110,000
  • Area: 488,100 km2,188,456 sq mi
  • Major language: Turkmen
  • Major religion: Muslims constitute 89% of the population while 9% of the population are followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the remaining 2% religion is reported as non-religious.
  • Currency: Turkmen new manat (TMT)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of use


  • Country: United Arab Emirates
  • Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Government: Federal presidential system and constitutional monarchy
  • Population: 4,975,593
  • Area: 83,600 1 km2, 32,278 sq mi
  • Major language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Currency: UAE dirham (AED)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of uzbekistan


  • Country: Republic of Uzbekistan
  • Capital: Tashkent
  • Government: Presidential Republic
  • Population: 27,606,007
  • Area: 447,400 km2,172,742 sq mi
  • Major language: Uzbek
  • Major religion: Muslims constitute 90% of the population while 5% of the population follow Russian Orthodox Christianity
  • Currency: Uzbekistan som (O'zbekiston so'mi) (UZS)
  • Flag:

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simple map outline of yemen


  • Country: Republic of Yemen
  • Capital: Sana‘a
  • Government: Presidential democracy
  • Population: 23,580,000
  • Area: 555,000 km2, 203,849 sq mi
  • Major language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Currency: Yemeni rial (YER)
  • Flag:

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