Fall 2019 Photo Contest Winners

Fall 2019 Photo Contest Winners

Check out the winners of the Global UGRAD Fall 2019 Photo Contest! This semester’s categories were: American Experiences, Community Service, Best School Spirit, Sharing Culture, and Best Halloween Costume. American Experiences Community Service Best School Spirit Sharing Culture Best Halloween Costume

Meet Our New Teammates, Susan and Cara

Meet Our New Teammates, Susan and Cara

Susan Yang currently serves as a Global UGRAD Program Officer for the East Asia Pacific and South Asia regions. Prior to this, she helped administer the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and conducted research, data, and evaluation projects for the Girl Scouts River Valleys. Susan has a strong background in education including teaching abroad in South Korea …

Discovering Connections to my Homeland at California State University San Marcos

Discovering Connections to my Homeland at California State University San Marcos

My name is Victoria, I was born twenty-one years ago in the Republic of Tuva, a remote native community in Russia. And twenty-five years ago, in Sweden, Tuva Liisa Victoria was born. Fate has brought us together in San Marcos, California. I didn’t believe in fate before, but after our meeting, I know that everything is not a coincidence in …

Experiencing America: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Experiencing America: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Now about halfway into their program, our Global UGRADs from Europe and Central Asia have had many opportunities to engage with their host communities. Their experiences have helped them gain insight into American life and build connections between their host communities and their communities back home. Check out some of their favorite experiences below! Dilnaz Imeramzayeva, Kazakhstan, SUNY – Plattsburgh:  On …

Becoming an American Educational Ambassador in Ukraine

Becoming an American Educational Ambassador in Ukraine

Sitting on the beach by the light blue sea watching the sunset, I suddenly realize that this beautiful view does not inspire me as much as my Global UGRAD experience. As a Global UGRAD alumna, I can say that those ten months of volunteering, traveling, and exploring a new system of education were tremendously important for my personal growth. While …

An Alumni Reunion Three Years in the Making

An Alumni Reunion Three Years in the Making

Abdessadeq, Sofiia, and Michelle met at Marymount University on August 23rd, 2016. We instantly clicked since that first day and our friendship has been flourishing ever since. Together, we got to experience what I’d call an authentic U.S. exchange experience as we shared memories not only on campus, but also while traveling along the East Coast and through the Midwest. …

OPAL Self Care: Phone-Free Adventures

OPAL Self Care: Phone-Free Adventures

Before arriving at their host institutions in the United States, Global UGRAD participants take part in World Learning’s Online Professional and Academic Learning (OPAL) course that covers topics like self-care, intercultural competency, and successful academic writing. This year’s self-care module included a challenge to gather a group of friends for a “phone-free adventure”. The goal of the assignment was to …

Fall 2019 First Impressions

Fall 2019 First Impressions

The fall 2019 semester is off to a great start. Now that the Global UGRAD students have had the chance to settle into their new homes for the next few months, here is a glance at some students’ first impressions! Daniil Gurgurov, Moldova, Murray State University: I have lived on campus for three weeks already and I have only positive …