Meet Our New Teammates

Jacob Waddell is joining the Global UGRAD Program working with students from East Asia and Pacific and South Asia. He is originally from St. Louis, Missouri but now lives in Washington, DC and is studying for an MA in International Affairs at American University. Prior to joining World Learning, Jacob taught English in Hiroshima, Japan from 2016-2018 and served as …

Alumni Update: Moldova

My name is Radu Marian and I’m from Republic of Moldova. I’ve completed my Global UGRAD Program in 2013 at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). I am currently a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, as vice president of the Economic, Budget and Finance Parliament Committee.  I am also the vice president (business & economy portfolio) …

Halloween with Global UGRAD

Halloween with Global UGRAD

To celebrate the Halloween holiday, we asked the Global UGRAD participants to send us pictures from their Halloween experiences. There were a lot of festive and spooky pumpkins, and some lovely costumes. Some of the students had never carved a pumpkin or gone trick-or-treating before, and it was nice to see them experience some firsts! Halloween Costumes “For Halloween, the …

Partner Feature: Utica College

Partner Feature: Utica College

We are proud to feature our host institution partner, Utica College, and Ms. Deborah Wilson-Allam (she/her). Ms. Wilson-Allam is currently the Executive Director of International Education and has been in this role since 2017. She was first hired as the college’s Intensive English Language Program Director in 2014, and then later became Director of International Programs in 2016. Ms. Wilson-Allam …

First Look: Community Service

First Look: Community Service

Global UGRAD students are required to complete at least 20 hours of community service while they are in the United States in order to give back and make meaningful connections to their local communications. Many students have already started volunteering in their local host community. Please read below about the volunteering experiences written by current Global UGRAD students:   “As …

Alumni Reflection: Georgia

Once a Global UGRAD, Always a Global UGRAD My name is Nikolozi Sepiashvili. I am a senior student of the Bachelor’s Degree Program in Economics at the International School of Economics (ISET) in Tbilisi, Georgia. I became a finalist of the Global UGRAD Exchange Program 2019-2020, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and received a scholarship to study at …

Hispanic Heritage Month Highlight: Jeimy Fonseca

From September 15 to October 15, students and campuses across the United States observed Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM), recognizing and celebrating the many achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans. Among the events offered by Global UGRAD partner universities, the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) hosted a panel on October 6th entitled: “En Nuestras Palabras: Commonalities and Differences in Languages, …

Partner Feature: George Mason University

World Learning  is delighted to feature Global UGRAD host partner George Mason University (GMU), which is one of the many valued higher education institutions that host program participants during their U.S. semester. Krista Uhrig, operations coordinator in the office of International Enrollment Partnerships at GMU, shares some of the ways the institution promotes international connections on campus. You can find …

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

One Career, Multiple Paths The Global UGRAD Program boosted my confidence and helped me to open up to multiple possibilities. My experience abroad made me realize how flexible my skills and abilities are, and I became aware of the value of adapting to different environments. After my Global UGRAD experience, I started to feel braver to explore beyond one strict …