Expanding Horizons: A Journey Across the U.S.

  Nicaraguan UGRAD Maria Lourdes Zapata Miranda has been very busy traveling this year. Using her cultural enrichment allowance has allowed this Murray State University student to take full advantage of the diverse and rich culture that the United States has to offer. Below, a collection of photos and quotes from her travels so far. Click on each state  for …

Mentor Appreciation

Jacqueline Choo, a UGRAD at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, shares her story about the people who have advised and supported her throughout her U.S. exchange program. Being in a foreign country alone is tough. However, with the right attitude and guidance, everything can seem so much better. I am glad that throughout my stay in Minnesota, I have met …

The Time of our Lives (Video)

Global UGRAD Serbia and Montenegro students at Tennessee Tech University, Mihajlo Novakovic (Serbia) and Mladen Rakonjac (Montenegro), created a video memento of their winter break adventures with fellow UGRADers. Mihajlo shares the inspiration behind this project: The idea for the video was born once we realized that we had more than 13,000 photos on my camera and Mladen’s tablet. We …

Alumni Updates: El Salvador, Malaysia, and Laos

El Salvador (2012-13) We are excited to announce that Henry Martinez recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the ESEN University! Congratulations, Henry!             Malaysia (2008-09) Kai Shen Tang spent three months as a community liaison leader on Perhentian Island in Malaysia. His job was to teach both children and volunteers about marine life, and he spent …

Exploring the American South

Igor Aksentijevic, a Political Science major from Montenegro who is studying at the University of Mississippi this year, writes about his trip to Kosciusko, MS and what made him interested in visiting this town in Central Mississippi. Studying in the American South – especially at an institution as culturally significant as Ole Miss – triggered my interest in exploring its …

UGRAD New Year's Resolutions

On the East Coast this year, we were affected by Snowstorm Janus.  In Roman Mythology, Janus was the God of Beginnings and Transitions.  He is depicted with two heads as he looks toward the future and the past. In honor of Janus, January is a month to set resolutions and embark on new beginnings. We asked UGRADers to send us …

The Vocation to Help Others

  Like many UGRADs, Luis Alfredo Morales Manzueta (Missouri State University) has a strong desire to give back to his community. For Luis, however, this community extends beyond his neighbors and peers at his home university in the Dominican Republic, and includes an often unrepresented portion of the population: persons with disabilities. Luis is visually impaired, but his blindness has …

Global UGRAD Honor Roll 2013 Fall Semester

World Learning would like to take this opportunity to honor students who achieved high academic standing during the fall 2013 semester. The following students not only attained a GPA of 3.75 or higher, but also exhibited exceptional effort throughout the semester. While we received positive feedback from host in­stitutions about many of our students,  the 54 honor roll students rose …

All I Want for Christmas

Some of our students from Serbia and Montenegro practice Orthodox Christianity so they observe Christmas a little later than people in the U.S.  Stefan Zaric, a UGRAD student studying at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, offered the following reflections on celebrating Orthodox Christmas in the U.S. Greetings from Minneapolis, Minnesota – The land of 10,000 lakes where the …

Alumni Updates: Myanmar

By Sit Maw (2012-2013) I joined, as a trainer, the Institute for Political and Civic Engagement (iPACE) program which is funded the US Department of State and administered by World Learning.  What a coincidence!  I taught two terms of an advocacy in democracy course and a democracy foundations course. The participants are stakeholders from different sectors of society. Last December, …