American Culture: Q&A with Huy Thuc Ha and Dr. Campbell

To celebrate teacher appreciation week, World Learning interviewed Global UGRAD student Huy Thuc Ha and his professor Dr. Carolyn Campbell, regarding their experiences in the African American Studies course at Wayne State University. Huy is from Vietnam studying Industrial Management, and Dr. Campbell is a professor in the Department of African American Studies. Q: As an international student, what was …

#EoPinDC: Global UGRAD Spring End of Program Workshop

#EoPinDC: Global UGRAD Spring End of Program Workshop

Last month, 134 students from over 60 countries and 70 universities around the U.S. converged in D.C. for this semester’s End of Program Workshop. From April 15-18th, they worked together to hone their leadership capabilities, develop their professional skills, brainstorm strategies to cope with reverse culture shock, and learn how to become active and engaged alumni of the U.S. Department …

Friendships: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Friendships: Looking Back and Looking Forward

When first arriving in the United States, it can be hard to breakthrough those superficial boundaries and develop deep connections with Americans. Of course as our Global UGRAD students have found, the effort is always worth it. Each semester our students forge beautiful, rewarding friendships. Now, as another semester comes to an end, and our Global UGRAD students wave goodbye …

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 …

Sustainable Food Growth: a Q&A with Seongeun Lee and Dr. Butler

Sustainable Food Growth: a Q&A with Seongeun Lee and Dr. Butler

To celebrate Earth Day, World Learning interviewed Global UGRAD student Seongeun Lee and her professor Dr. David M. Butler regarding their experiences in the Organic and Sustainable Crop Production course at The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK). Seongeun is from South Korea studying Plant Biotechnology and Political Science, and Dr. Butler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plants. …

Meet our new teammate, Merdan Annamanov!

  Merdan Annamanov will join the Global UGRAD Team as a Program Associate for Eurasia and Central Asia. He is finishing his final year at American University, where is completing his Master of Arts in International Affairs. Previously, Merdan worked as an Alumni Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat and coordinated the Open World exchange program in Turkmenistan. He obtained …

Through the Eyes of Our Rommates

Through the Eyes of Our Rommates

The Global UGRAD Program is a transformative experience not only for its participants but also for their roommates. Read on to learn the heartwarming story of how two roommates became more than friends – they became family. As a testament of this friendship, they filmed a music video together. Take a few minutes to watch – it’s entertaining, to say the least! …

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 …

Advocacy in Action

Advocacy is speaking up for what you believe in, specifically to people who have decision making power. On March 8th, World Learning participated in the Alliance for International Exchange’s annual Advocacy Day event, in which people from all aspects and organizations in international exchange come together to advocate for exchange programs to Congress. The international affairs budget is less than …

Meet our new teammate, Himani Reddy!

Meet our new teammate, Himani Reddy!

Himani Reddy will join the Global UGRAD Team as a Program Officer for East Asia and the Pacific.  She previously served as a Program Officer (contractor) at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) where she coordinated the Fulbright Specialist Program and pre-departure orientations for Fulbright Scholars and Students. Prior to her time at ECA, …