An Unforgettable Experience by Soumayani Ghoshal

The Global UGRAD experience leaves an indelible impact on each of our minds and urges us to keep following our dreams while working towards developing our community. The community service hours taught me the importance of caring and giving back to society. This inspired a group of fellow alumni and me to begin our own mini organization called the Glow …

Alumni Update: Where is my UGRAD Post Now? Panama Edition

Alumni Update: Where is my UGRAD Post Now? Panama Edition

Global UGRAD Panama REALLY loves their Global UGRAD posts, which makes us REALLY happy!  We are excited to share with you below the updates of many of our Panamanian Global UGRAD alumni. Karan Kishinani, Global UGRAD 2016-17 at Wayne State University After returning home upon the completion my Global UGRAD journey, I continued my education as a senior student at the …

Sustainable Food Growth: a Q&A with Seongeun Lee and Dr. Butler

Sustainable Food Growth: a Q&A with Seongeun Lee and Dr. Butler

To celebrate Earth Day, World Learning interviewed Global UGRAD student Seongeun Lee and her professor Dr. David M. Butler regarding their experiences in the Organic and Sustainable Crop Production course at The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK). Seongeun is from South Korea studying Plant Biotechnology and Political Science, and Dr. Butler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plants. …

IFMSA: Think Globally, Act Locally by Augusto Barón

IFMSA: Think Globally, Act Locally by Augusto Barón

My name is Augusto Barón, I’m 25 years old, and currently a medical student from Honduras. Last year, I became part of a society that would change my life: The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). IFMSA is currently the biggest and the oldest association of medical students worldwide, and Honduras managed to become a first-time member last year. …

Haiti Alumni Update by Widens Pierre

Haiti Alumni Update by Widens Pierre

The lives of exchange alumni have innumerable, adventurous golden opportunities to grab – they only need to start adapting their imagination to the concrete world, and then make their aspirations become a reality. Global UGRAD participants have always received the necessary skills to be effective enough to empower many marginalized places in the world. Particularly, their presence is crucial for …

From Where I Stand part I | The Global UGRAD Photojournalism Project

One of our favorite sayings is “Once a UGRAD, always a UGRAD”. Even when the U.S. portion of the Global UGRAD experience is over, alumni are always a part of this big and talented family of impact. The lessons learned and knowledge gained during the exchange live on as alumni share their stories and dedicate efforts to shine brightly in …

Around the World with Erasmus

Around the World with Erasmus

Dania Castillo (Honduras), Minnesota State University-Mankato, Global UGRAD 2012-13 I am currently preparing myself for my international master’s degree as an Erasmus + scholarship recipient. I am going to be undertaking this prestigious program in different countries and universities: my first semester will be in Scotland – where my official sponsor, the University of Glasgow, is located – then University …

OPAL – Summer 2017

The Online Professional and Academic Learning (OPAL) course just concluded it’s pre-arrival modules! OPAL is an eight module course designed and run by World Learning for current Global UGRAD participants. The first four modules, which include ‘Getting to Know Yourself’, ‘What is Leadership?’, ‘Intercultural Competency’, and ‘Research and Academic Writing’, are held before students arrive. This pre-arrival preparation allows the …