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 …

Global UGRAD Student Spotlight: Virgilio Roi Adaptar

Global UGRAD Student Spotlight: Virgilio Roi Adaptar

World Learning is proud to spotlight Virgilio Roi Adaptar in this month’s edition of the Global Gazette. Virgilio is a 2020-2021 Global UGRAD participant from the Philippines who studied at McNeese State University and was recently the subject of a feature article on his host university’s website. Please check out the article here to read more about Virgilio’s experiences living and studying …

Alumni Update: Kazakhstan

Alumni Update: Kazakhstan

I’m Aiza Margulani, an alumna of Global UGRAD 2019  from Almaty, Kazakhstan. I studied at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and this whole experience has changed my life. I was always interested in social media, film, and everything creative, so capturing my adventures and studies in America daily was my first baby step towards my true self. With all the …

Alumni Update: Montenegro

Alumni Update: Montenegro

I am Edina Osmanovic from Montenegro. I consider myself a hardworking, diligent, optimistic, and reliable person with quite a unique set of skills that inspire, and I truly hope this article will inspire you as well. Studying at Chatham University at Pittsburgh PA, on the Global UGRAD Program in 2019 significantly contributed to the development of particular skills as well …

Application to Host Global UGRAD Students is Open!

Application to Host Global UGRAD Students is Open!

The Global UGRAD Program would not exist without the support of our wonderful host institution partners! While studying at their host institutions, Global UGRAD participants have the opportunity to share their culture and perspectives, thus enriching the educational experience of their U.S. peers, while also learning about U.S. higher education and culture. They also have the opportunity to practice and …

Building Bridges Through Exchange

Building Bridges Through Exchange

One of the goals of the Global UGRAD Program is to “facilitate opportunities for students to establish social networks with U.S. host institutions and local communities”. There are a few ways the Global UGRAD students achieve this goal including through community service, friendship, and meeting with professors. The Global UGRAD Program requires the students to complete 20 hours of community …

Experience America: Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Beyond the delightful spread across the table during the Thanksgiving holiday and time with loved ones, this time of year calls for meaningful reflections. Taking the time to think about who and what we are grateful for provides us with a moment to pause, step back, and gently think again, and affords us a fresh perspective for a new year …

Reflections on the Virtual End of Program Summit

World Learning held its virtual End of Program (EoP) summit from November 8 -12. Global UGRAD students from all over the United States tuned into Zoom sessions hosted by facilitator Si Norton on topics ranging from building leadership capabilities to action planning/ community mapping. Traditionally held in Washington, DC, the virtual format of the summit served as a constant reminder …

Alumni Update: South Korea

Alumni Update: South Korea

  That moment when you get an article request from World Learning, you not only get to reflect on how far you have come over the past few years, but also get to delightfully remind yourself how you are “Once a UGRAD, always a UGRAD.” After getting my degree in Seoul, I moved back to the United States to work …

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 …