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 …

Global UGRAD Students Reflect on Thanksgiving

Global UGRAD Students Reflect on Thanksgiving

This November, many of the Global UGRAD students had the opportunity to experience their first Thanksgiving. Below you can read some of their reflections about spending the day with friends, university staff, and their friendship families! This year instead of repeating Season 5 episode 1 from Friends “The One with All the Thanksgivings,” I had the opportunity to experience it …

First Look: Community Service

First Look: Community Service

Global UGRAD students are required to complete at least 20 hours of community service while they are in the United States. Admirably, many students have already starting volunteering in their local host community. Read below about the volunteering experiences written by current 2018-19 Global UGRAD students: Oudom Von from Cambodia at the University of Missouri-St. Louis “I have always been continuously …

Egypt Alumni Update by Islam Ayoub

2015-16 Global UGRAD student Islam Ayoub has created “The Kingdom” to provide a community for promoting cultural diversity and English learning. Below is Islam’s description of the program and its events: Along with my teammates, we started The Kingdom (www.facebook.com/TheKingdomCC). The Kingdom is a diverse community for anyone who is interested in English or different ideas, cultures, and backgrounds to …

All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service – Part II

All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service – Part II

A few months ago, we shared inspiring stories about the volunteer work of several of our fall semester participants. Now, as the spring semester rapidly draws to a close, we’re excited to highlight our current Global UGRAD participants and how they’re getting on with their community service hours. From tutoring and after-school care to event coordination and more, Global UGRADs …

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 …

Nonviolence Training: Changing Lives

Omar Awwad, Global UGRAD 2016-2017, Keene State College This spring break I had the opportunity to volunteer with Something New, an organization that helps welcome refugees and immigrants to the States. Part of the program was receiving training that would help us understand what we were doing in order to offer more help to people who need it the most. The one training …

Global UGRAD in the News

The Global UGRAD Program is a great opportunity for international students to experience life in the United States. The other side of this experience is that people in the U.S. get to learn about other cultures! We are proud that some Global UGRAD students have already started to make their mark on their host communities this semester and have been featured …