Host Partner Feature: Boise State University

Host Partner Feature: Boise State University

This month, World Learning is excited to highlight long-time host partner Boise State University. Boise State hosted three Global UGRAD students in the Fall 2023 semester and is home to three more UGRADs this spring. Tim Randall, Coordinator for International Student Services, shared with World Learning how Boise State supports international students and helps Global UGRAD students find meaningful connections in …

Advice from Alumni

Advice from Alumni

The new year ushers in the arrival of new Global UGRAD participants for the spring semester. Participants consider so many important things as they begin their program, from scheduling classes to budgeting money to managing time. Who better to share advice on navigating this transition than Global UGRAD alumni? Minh Thu Nguyen | Vietnam | Northern Michigan University | Fall …

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 …

Community Service Spotlight: Fall 2023

Community Service Spotlight: Fall 2023

Each semester, Global UGRAD students across the United States complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service to fulfill their Global UGRAD program requirement. This fall, students embraced the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to their host communities by doing everything from volunteering at local charitable organizations to cleaning up local parks and gardens. Below are highlights from some of …

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. …

Fall Fun

Fall Fun

As summer bids adieu and the vibrant colors of fall paint the landscape, there’s an undeniable magic that sweeps across the United States. For Global UGRADs, this season brings forth a variety of experiences unlike any other. The crisp air, the rustling leaves, and the pumpkin-spiced everything create an unforgettable immersion into the cultural richness of autumn in the United …

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: …

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 …