Connecting Through Language

Connecting Through Language

World Learning is currently implementing its third iteration of the Virtual English Language Training (ELT) Program to prepare spring semester participants for their academic journey in the U.S. and to connect them with their American peers. For Virtual ELT participants, however, learning the English language is a powerful skill beyond their Global UGRAD experience. It can further their career, improve …

First Impressions from Global UGRAD 2022-2023 Fall Students

First Impressions from Global UGRAD 2022-2023 Fall Students

We reached out to Global UGRAD students who are getting settled in on their new host campuses to learn about their first impressions. Please read through some of the amazing responses we received to get an idea of what is standing out to our students across the United States! Representing Thailand, Ratchanon Samosungnoen has a lot to say about Georgia …

What’s in the Bags? Incoming UGRADers and What They Are Bringing

As the end of summer draws near, the Fall 2022 cohort of Global UGRADs has already begun to arrive in the U.S. With over 100 students in the program this semester, this means they collectively have well over 100 bags, so today we’re going to learn a little bit about what they will be bringing with them! Even with limited …

Alumni Spotlight: Panama

Alumni Spotlight: Panama

Hello! I am Eduardo Javier Cortes Valderrama from Panama. I participated in the Global UGRAD program during the fall of 2021 and studied at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.   After my experience as a Global UGRAD, I started to reflect on how inspiring and life-changing this experience was. Not only because I had the opportunity to create unforgettable moments or …

Study Tips from Global UGRAD Students

Study Tips from Global UGRAD Students

Midterm exams are around the corner, and, for some students, this can be a very stressful time of the semester. There is an endless number of resources available online and on campuses to help reduce test anxiety. Here, our Global UGRAD students offer some study tips and tricks. “I do have two study tips: always listen and take notes during …

Inspirational Women for International Women’s Day

Inspirational Women for International Women’s Day

With the beginning of National Women’s History Month in the United States and in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, current Global UGRAD students shared about women they believe have helped shape who they are today.   Adrian Reister Fernandez, Philippines, University of Maine “Meet the women who molded me to become who I am today! My Wonder WoMom …

First Impressions: Spring 2022

First Impressions: Spring 2022

With the spring semester fully kicked off at all of our host universities across the United States, Global UGRADs have had a chance to get settled in and make first impressions! There are so many new sights to see and experiences to be had, it is always enlightening to hear directly from participants about what stands out as unique at …

Democracy and Human Rights Highlight: Edison Broce

Democracy and Human Rights Highlight: Edison Broce

With the kickoff of the first Summit for Democracy this week, the U.S. Department of State and World Learning are celebrating human rights and democracy this December. We checked in with Global UGRAD alumnus Edison Broce who sees and practices democracy in action every day as a Member of Parliament in Panama. Edison elaborates on why democracy and human rights …

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

My name is Fernanda Alina Polanco Avendaño, and I am from Nicaragua. I had the chance to be part of the Global UGRAD Program around 2015-2016 in Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU). Thanks to my Global UGRAD journey, my life became more fruitful and significant in all aspects. I got to meet other Global UGRAD friends from my home country, …

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

One Career, Multiple Paths The Global UGRAD Program boosted my confidence and helped me to open up to multiple possibilities. My experience abroad made me realize how flexible my skills and abilities are, and I became aware of the value of adapting to different environments. After my Global UGRAD experience, I started to feel braver to explore beyond one strict …