U.S. Academic Culture: A Firsthand Reflection by Hasna El Asri

U.S. Academic Culture: A Firsthand Reflection by Hasna El Asri

The only truth I used to hold in my mind about the U.S. academic system was its ranking among the first globally. Today, I am experiencing this truth through my own personal perspective. I finally stepped into the American classroom and gained the greatest insight into what is truly called the U.S. academic system. As a Global UGRAD exchange student …

The Global UGRAD Booklist – Part II

The Global UGRAD Booklist – Part II

National Book Month may be over, but reading suggestions from our current participants and alumni are not! Check out what the Global UGRADs are into this month:   Sibongile Hokonya (Zimbabwe), Carroll College, Global UGRAD 2017-18 Concrete Economics by J. Bradford DeLong and Stephen S. Cohen My room was very warm today and so I decided to sit outside and enjoy the cool …

Alumni: AEIF 2017 Winner- The arTEA Project

Alumni: AEIF 2017 Winner- The arTEA Project

Christine Catindig, Philippines, Utica College, Global UGRAD 2016-2017 While it is true that the Global UGRAD Program helps its participants answer their questions about the world, the uniqueness of the program also lies in its ability to encourage and influence students to dare ask themselves challenging questions such as “What can we do to serve others?” The arTEA Project is …

The Global UGRAD Booklist: National Book Month

The Global UGRAD Booklist: National Book Month

Happy National Book Month! We hope you’ll find time to cozy up with a book, maybe a blanket, and a hot beverage. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your booklist, our Global UGRAD participants and alumni are here to tell you which books they’re reading. Thongdee Thanyalak (Thailand), St. Catherine University, Global UGRAD 2017-18 God’s Bits of Wood – Ousmane Sembène This is …

Getting a Jump-Start on Community Service!

Getting a Jump-Start on Community Service!

The Global UGRAD students complete a minimum of 20 hours community service during their academic semester in the United States. While many are just beginning to think about how they’d like to spend their time volunteering, others have already started! Here is Aarif Badarny’s (Israel) account of his first experience doing community service near his host campus, Castleton University. On …

Alumni Update – Costa Rica

Alumni Update – Costa Rica

 My Journey to the United Nations  Jean Pierre Mora Casasola (Costa Rica), Global UGRAD 2014-2015, Emporia State University That awkward moment when you are asked to write down your goals on a piece of paper. No matter if they are short, medium or long term goals, the truth is that we do not always know where we are going. This situation …

From Where I Stand Part II – the Global UGRAD photojournalism project

From Where I Stand Part II – the Global UGRAD photojournalism project

Ani Khachatryan, Armenia, University of Memphis, Global UGRAD 2016-17 After spending four exciting months in the U.S., I went back to Armenia with valuable and unforgettable experiences and reunited with my friends and family. Since then I have finished a Data Science program and have received a professional certificate from Microsoft. Right now, I am in Boston, MA doing an awesome …

Serbian Global UGRAD Alum Wins Prestigious Anthropology Award

Katarina Mitrović was recently awarded for the best Ethnology and Anthropology Master Thesis by Ethnographic museum in Belgrade. The award is named after Borivoje Drobnjakovic (1890-1961), professor of Ethnology, director of The Ethnographic museum and one of the founders and directors of The Institute of Ethnography SASA, and is one of the most prestigious achievements for graduate students in the …

Journey to the United States

Journey to the United States

The Journey Begins “When ‘Life is full of surprises’ meets with a ‘Dream comes true’ moment, things simply can’t get any better. Being able to participate in the Global UGRAD Program has been an experience of a lifetime! In Bangladesh, as soon as I completed my semester final exams, I was psyched and excited to prepare myself to board my flight to head …