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 …

From Where I Stand part I | The Global UGRAD Photojournalism Project

One of our favorite sayings is “Once a UGRAD, always a UGRAD”. Even when the U.S. portion of the Global UGRAD experience is over, alumni are always a part of this big and talented family of impact. The lessons learned and knowledge gained during the exchange live on as alumni share their stories and dedicate efforts to shine brightly in …

Connecting through food

When the smell of a delicious meal wafts through the halls of a dorm, it can only mean one thing…. international cooks are in the kitchen! One of the most popular ways Global UGRAD participants share their cultures with their host communities is through food. Naomi Ng from Malaysia and Airat Gabdrakhmanov from Russia took advantage of Western Washington University‘s (WWU) …

7th Annual U.S. Education Fair – Tbilisi, Georgia

Salome Pkhaladze, Pittsburg State University, Georgia (15-16) Recently, I volunteered and served as a short-term project consultant at Center of International Education in Georgia, which is an official representative of EducationUSA – a U.S. Department of State network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries. I assisted the EducationUSA adviser with the preparation of the 7th …

My Newest Hero

Erisa Murati, Albania, Kansas State University My last but most significant volunteering experience was on Saturday, December 3rd at the Lighthouse Clothes Closet and Food Pantry center, which offers free clothes and food packages for people in need. My responsibilities there were almost the same as the ones at Encore Shop, organizing food on the shelves, cleaning the food pantry, checking and picking up …

End-of-Program Workshop speeches

Christine Grace Catindig, Utica College A blessed evening to all of you! I’m Christine Grace, a Communication student at University of the Philippines and Utica College, New York, and it’s a pleasure to be one of the student speakers this evening. Even my most heartfelt words cannot express how thankful I am to the representatives of the U.S. Department of …