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 …

Partner Feature: Juniata College

Partner Feature: Juniata College

Shya Erdman is currently Director of International Student and Scholar Services at Juniata College’s Center for International Education. Shya graduated from Juniata College in 2003 and returned as an employee in October of 2005. She has been with Juniata College for over 15 years! Here, Shya will provide insight into the international student experience. What does your orientation for international students …

Alumni Update – Malaysia

Alumni Update – Malaysia

We are excited to bring you an update from two of our alumni from Malaysia. Sher Rynn Khoo attended the University of Wyoming  and Naomi Ng attended Western Washington University during the 2016-2017 Global UGRAD Program. Sher Rynn recently gave a TEDx talk at her alma mater about the value of self-investment, and how continuous investment of time, effort, mindfulness and …

Alumni Update – Raul del Valle (Guatemala)

Alumni Update – Raul del Valle (Guatemala)

Since Sunday, December 15th of 2019, the date I “concluded” my participation in the Global UGRAD Program at American University in D.C., life has been a roller coaster of emotions. I mention “concluded” inside quotation marks because I truly believe that when someone becomes a Global UGRAD, they will forever be a Global UGRAD. After the program I came back …

April Online Engagement: Country Presentations and Public Speaking

April Online Engagement: Country Presentations and Public Speaking

In our fourth month of online engagement, Global UGRAD finalists saw the return of some of our popular series activities: our student-facilitated Country Presentations and our Speaker Series. This round of Country Presentations closed out with student presenters from three additional regions, and this edition of the Speaker Series, focused on public speaking, featured guest speaker Zoe Matthews. Country Presentations …

Final Call for Host Institution Applications!

World Learning is wrapping up its open call for host institution applications! Through April 30th, we are actively recruiting four-year institutions of higher education to host another dynamic cohort of international students from 70 countries for one semester during the spring 2022 term. While at their host institutions, participants explore core U.S. values and culture, share their own culture and …