Celebrating Cultures from Around the World

A Holi Away from Home: Smita Dhungana (Nepal) at Augustana University For the first time I was celebrating holi away from my home. This made me experience Holi here with Indian and Nepali people living in Sioux Falls, and I got to know their thoughts about celebrating it in a new place. Though this Holi was away from my family, I …

Alumni Empowering Women

Alumni Empowering Women

March is National Women’s History Month in the United States, and International Women’s Day fell on March 8th. This month, we’ve asked Global UGRAD alumni to share with us what they’re doing to empower women and why it is important. Meerim Nurlanbekova, Kyrgyzstan, Global UGRAD 2016-17 at East Tennessee State University I believe every ending leads to new beginnings. Global UGRAD …

Global UGRAD Students’ Favorite Places

Global UGRAD Students’ Favorite Places

This month we asked our Global UGRAD students to share with us their favorite places in their U.S. communities. We received responses ranging from river walks to libraries, all special in their own way. Please read on to get a glimpse of where our Global UGRAD students’ daily lives take place. Zhanna Ateibek from Kazakhstan at University of Wisconsin – Green …

World Learning Visits Jakarta, Indonesia

On a recent visit to Jakarta, Melissa Oppenheimer, World Learning’s Divisional Vice President for Global Exchange, and Jessica Ellerbach, Fulbright Specialist Program Manager, had the pleasure of sharing a meal with a wonderful group of Global UGRAD alumni from Indonesia. Dery Rovino, Muhamad Rosyid Jazuli, Rini Mayasari, Dian Mayasari, and Rika Rumiyati all continue to embody the ideals of the …

Global UGRAD in the News

Our Global UGRAD participants are extraordinary. This month, we are showcasing three news articles published by different campus organizations scattered throughout the United States to highlight this fact. Please click below to read about how six Global UGRADs are experiencing campus life. Enjoy! Wandee and Lidiya at Georgia College & State University Timur at Keene State College Radia and Goga at Wayne …

2017 Fall Semester Honor Roll

Once again, our Global UGRAD students have surpassed expectations. The fall academic semester participants connected with host communities through cultural events and social activism while at the same time immersing themselves in U.S. academic culture. While all of our students are impressive, the following went above and beyond by making the Global UGRAD honor role for the fall term with …

First Impressions

First Impressions

Several weeks ago, we asked our Global UGRADs to describe their first impressions of their host campuses. Some casually explained their campus alligators, while others spoke about just how incredibly BIG their campus library is. Check out more about our spring Global UGRAD participants’ first impressions of their ‘homes’ for the next semester! Florida Gulf Coast University The first thing …

Global UGRAD’s Favorite Words

Global UGRAD’s Favorite Words

  This month we asked the Global UGRAD students what some of their favorite words are in both English and their own languages. Some love words because of the way they sound; others because there is no translation. Certain words inspire the Global UGRAD students to aim for their goals or feel good about their experiences. Zhanna Ateibek’s (University of …

All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service from Around the World – Part I

All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service from Around the World – Part I

Community service is an integral part of the Global UGRAD experience. Beyond being a program requirement, Global UGRAD participants embrace civic engagement as one of the most valuable, enjoyable, and rewarding parts of their semester in the U.S. As the spring semester students gear up to begin their own service activities, we would like to highlight the outstanding volunteer work …

Around the World: Vietnam in West Virginia By Huong Nguyen

Around the World: Vietnam in West Virginia By Huong Nguyen

It is an honor to be a member of the Global UGRAD family and a member of the Mountaineer family in West Virginia University (WVU). I enjoy a privileged status as a cultural ambassador of Vietnam, Southeast Asia. Having been in the U.S. for a month, I feel like a new horizon has opened in front of my eyes. Every single day, …