What’s in Your Bag?

What’s in Your Bag?

As snow descends on much of the United States, the majority of the spring 2024 Global UGRAD students are busy unpacking their bags and settling into campus life for the semester, while others are finishing penultimate preparations in their home countries before their departure later this month. Equally important to all the new experiences each student will have in the …

Alumni Spotlight: A Global UGRAD Mini-Reunion

Alumni Spotlight: A Global UGRAD Mini-Reunion

In the spirit of fostering lifelong connections and celebrating the diverse achievements of Global UGRAD alumni, Michelle Cerén (El Salvador), Sophia Pylypyuk (Ukraine), and Abdessadeq Ourkiya (Morocco), recently embarked on a reunion that transcended borders and cultures. All three were Global UGRAD participants at Marymount University in the Fall 2016 semester. In this collaborative article, they share about their experience …

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 …

Cultural Enrichment Allowances

Cultural Enrichment Allowances

Global UGRAD continues to enrich students’ understanding of American culture. Thanks to the cultural enrichment allowance they receive, students can engage first-hand in authentic U.S. cultural experiences. Perhaps no one puts it better than the students themselves! Natthanitcha Khemnapak | Thailand | West Liberty University “I have always been and always will be a big Harry Potter fan. So, I …

Campus Visit: University of Wisconsin Stout

Campus Visit: University of Wisconsin Stout

In October 2023, Jordan Ferrick (Global UGRAD Program Officer) had the privilege of visiting the University of Wisconsin Stout (UW Stout). Located in the charming town of Menomonie, Wisconsin, the campus is an attractive blend of academia and natural beauty. The campus itself is spread across 125 acres. With a student population of over 9,500, UW Stout manages to strike …

Current Student Spotlight: El Salvador & Albania

Current Student Spotlight: El Salvador & Albania

The Global UGRAD program opens doors for participants to pursue passions and causes important to them. This semester, two UGRADs have shared their personal experiences and represented their home countries in unique ways. Whether it is speaking at a fundraising event or co-starting a blog featuring international students, these students have taken advantage of opportunities during their Global UGRAD programs. …

Alumni Spotlight: Georgia

Alumni Spotlight: Georgia

This month, World Learning is happy to introduce two fall 2022 alums from the Republic of Georgia: Marta Berdzenadze, who studied at the University of Montevallo in Alabama, and Dea Margvelashvili, who studied at the University of the Ozarks in Arkansas. These two exceptional individuals successfully completed the Global UGRAD Program and now aim to leave a lasting impact on …

Campus Visits: Georgia College & State University and University of Mississippi

Campus Visits: Georgia College & State University and University of Mississippi

Georgia College & State University This September, Global UGRAD Program Officer, Melanie Winters, had the opportunity to visit Georgia College & State University (GCSU) in Milledgeville, Georgia. During the visit, Melanie was able to engage with GCSU staff, gain valuable insights into the university’s processes and student experiences, and meet with the Global UGRAD participants studying there this fall semester: …

Local Adventures

Local Adventures

As Global UGRAD students arrive at their universities across the United States, they are not only introduced to a new campus and other students, but also to the local community that surrounds them. Beyond the lecture halls and textbooks, Global UGRADs are discovering the beauty of their new homes, one local adventure at a time. From hiking the trails of the …

Global UGRAD Bucket Lists

Global UGRAD Bucket Lists

Long before they arrive in the United States, Global UGRAD students spend countless hours contemplating what they hope to experience during their exchange program. Now that all the fall 2023 UGRAD participants are settling into life at their host institutions, World Learning asked them to list the things they most hope to do or experience during their time here. What …