More than a dozen mem­bers of the Nigerian National Assembly vis­ited North­eastern on Friday to meet with a group of Nigerian stu­dents who are par­tic­i­pating in a summer pro­gram on campus as part of the US Pathway Pro­gram.

Cre­ated by the Con­sor­tium of North Amer­ican Universities—a group of seven insti­tu­tions led by Northeastern—USPP is designed to help pre­pare stu­dents in Nigeria and China to enter a bachelor’s degree pro­gram at one of the member insti­tu­tions. The Office of the Spe­cial Adviser to the Pres­i­dent on Niger Delta has pledged to fund the schol­ar­ships of those stu­dents who suc­cess­fully com­plete the pro­gram and get accepted into one of the seven schools. The schol­ar­ships cover their tuition, fees, room, and board through the com­ple­tion of their bachelor’s degree.

This suc­cessful part­ner­ship reflects Northeastern’s com­mit­ment to global edu­ca­tion through inno­v­a­tive pro­graming like USPP,” Philomena Man­tella, senior vice pres­i­dent of enroll­ment man­age­ment and stu­dent life at North­eastern, said in her wel­coming remarks at a dinner held on Friday for the del­e­ga­tion. “Pro­grams like USPP are a direct reflec­tion of the university’s global mis­sion of expanding oppor­tu­ni­ties to stu­dents across the world.”

Stu­dents in the pro­gram echoed Mantella’s sen­ti­ments. “It’s just won­derful,” said Ade­tutu Adeyeni, who plans to enroll in Baylor University’s inter­na­tional studies pro­gram in the fall. “I didn’t expect it to be this good. The pro­fes­sors at North­eastern really care about us and push us to do our best.”

Adeyeni noted that she has enjoyed exploring Boston and inter­acting with Chi­nese stu­dents in the pro­gram who are teaching her how to speak in their native language.

Stu­dents who par­tic­i­pate in USPP earn aca­d­emic credits and spend a “summer bridge” term in the U.S. to help ease the tran­si­tion to an Amer­ican uni­ver­sity. The stu­dents from China also receive com­pre­hen­sive Eng­lish prepa­ra­tion. Those who suc­cess­fully com­plete the pro­gram can earn up to 33 semester hours of credit, allowing them to matric­u­late as sopho­mores after being accepted into the school of their choice. Some 126 Nigerian students—as well as 74 Chi­nese students—are cur­rently par­tic­i­pating in the “summer bridge” term at Northeastern.

The del­e­gates who vis­ited North­eastern, which included mem­bers of the Nigerian Senate and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, are part of the appro­pri­a­tions com­mittee that decided the Nigerian gov­ern­ment should pay the stu­dents’ way.

Many of the offi­cials who spoke at the dinner noted that their invest­ment appears to be paying off. “We believe in this pro­gram,” said Sen­ator James Man­ager, chairman of the com­mittee on Niger Delta. “This is a human cap­ital invest­ment, the wisest of all investments.”