Host Partner Feature: Boise State University

Host Partner Feature: Boise State University

This month, World Learning is excited to highlight long-time host partner Boise State University. Boise State hosted three Global UGRAD students in the Fall 2023 semester and is home to three more UGRADs this spring. Tim Randall, Coordinator for International Student Services, shared with World Learning how Boise State supports international students and helps Global UGRAD students find meaningful connections in …

End of Program: Photo Contest Winners

End of Program: Photo Contest Winners

In the weeks leading up to this fall’s End of Program Workshop, Global UGRAD participants submitted photos to the UGRAD Photo Contest that culminated at the workshop in Washington, D.C. Participants could submit one photo for each of the following five categories: American Experiences, Fall Fun, Sharing Culture, School Spirit, and Community Service. Submissions had to be photos participants had …

Community Service Spotlight: Fall 2023

Community Service Spotlight: Fall 2023

Each semester, Global UGRAD students across the United States complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service to fulfill their Global UGRAD program requirement. This fall, students embraced the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to their host communities by doing everything from volunteering at local charitable organizations to cleaning up local parks and gardens. Below are highlights from some of …

Local Adventures

Local Adventures

Many Global UGRAD students are planning trips for fall break, but this week we asked them to share about anything they’ve done locally, from walking around campus to heading out into the local community to learn more about where they are living this semester. Below, you can hear from them in their own words about their local adventures. Hi everyone! …

My Second Family: How Friendship Families Impact Worldviews

My Second Family: How Friendship Families Impact Worldviews

At many universities across the United States, Global UGRAD students have been able to participate in Friendship Family programs. Whether through group trips together or cooking traditional meals, these types of programs are a great opportunity for students to share their culture with Americans outside of campus and to learn about their community in unique ways. Continue reading to see …

Alumni Reunion: From Central Asia to Central America

Alumni Reunion: From Central Asia to Central America

My name is Nursuluu, and I am a Global UGRAD alumna from Kyrgyzstan. This year I graduated university in Kyrgyzstan, and I am currently working for a youth NGO called Novi Ritm as a Project Coordinator. I have also been volunteering with the MediAct project, which has youth workshops in three different countries, and one of those countries is El Salvador. …

ELT Students Enjoy Winter Break

ELT Students Enjoy Winter Break

Temirlan Tagaibaev, Kyrgzstan, Saginaw Valley State University During winter break I visited four different cities. My trip began in Chicago, proceeded to Boston, New York, and finished in Washington, D.C. It was the longest trip I ever had. In Chicago, I met many different people, including some Kyrgyz-Americans and ate some Kyrgyz food. I noticed that many people want to …

Experiencing America: Thanksgiving

Experiencing America: Thanksgiving

This semester’s Global UGRAD students had the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving with their host communities, gathering with other international students as well as with American families. Enjoy these reflections by the Global UGRAD participants on their Thanksgiving experiences! Souksavanh Vongthongchit, Laos, St. Ambrose University “Thanksgiving is a special U.S. holiday when American people take this time to show thanks for …