Get Out the Vote!

Every four years the US wraps itself up in its best reds, whites, and blues and puts on one of the world’s biggest political shows – the US Presidential Election. Being in the States during election season offers an exciting and unique perspective on democracy and society in the US, and, even though you can’t vote, we hope you’ll take …

Sarah’s Tips for Fighting Homesickness

Anyone who has traveled away from home for a significant amount of time knows that feelings of homesickness can strike at any time and can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. Recently scientists have identified what homesickness really is- a distinct adjustment disorder with clear signs and symptoms. Those who suffer from homesickness often feel anxiety, …

New UGRAD Team Member!

Mallory Orme joined World Learning’s Global UGRAD team last week as an intern. Originally from a cattle ranch in Arizona, she is now a senior at American University in Washington D.C., pursuing her undergraduate degree in International Relations. Mallory had a life-changing study abroad experience in Italy last semester and often finds herself daydreaming of gelato and cappuccinos. Her experience …

UGRAD Post

Dear UGRAD Post, September 8, 2012 is a day I will never forget. I visited one of the places I have always wanted to visit: Niagara Falls! The Center for International Education at Nazareth College organized a trip for all the international students to this Niagara Falls, located one hour and a half away from Rochester, NY. Eston, Lily and …

UGRAD Alumni at the SIT Graduate Institute

Most people had never heard of SIT Graduate Institute student Joseph Alliance’s hometown until January 12th, 2010, the day Leogane, Haiti, was at the epicenter of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the country. Alliance remembers the day well. He was in Florida, relaxing with family after a challenging semester at the University of Mississippi. He was studying at Ole …

Alumni Class Secretary Updates

Laos Viphany Sihalath (11-12) has been working at ANZ Bank in Laos but is moving to new organization called “Bort Long Year” as a Treasury and Ledger Officer. Every Saturday she spends two hours as an English tutor for children in her local community.  Soulivanh Rattanavong (11-12) is currently interning in the finance field and taking an IELTS preparation course.  …

UGRAD Post: Halloween Contest

This month, Experience America: UGRAD Post takes on a special challenge: capture a photo of your­self in your Halloween costume and enter the UGRAD Halloween Cos­tume Contest! Guidelines: Photos can be of in­dividuals or groups. Please keep costumes appropriate and remember that all submissions must be accom­panied with a short write-up connect­ing your costume to some aspect of American culture. …

Get to know your Global UGRAD Staff

Fun facts about your UGRAD team…. Amy Fisher recently bought a condo in DC! She and her adorable dog, Velcro, will move in next weekend. Bethany Gilchrist is participating in a triathlon next weekend! She will be swimming 1.5km, biking 40km, and running 10km all while raising money for leukemia research. Jessica Mead is an aunt again, she just met …

Fighting Skin Cancer in Serbia

Approximately one out of five people will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. Surprised? You’re not alone. Many people, especially young people, are unaware of the very scary health risks of sun exposure. A group of Serbian UGRAD Alumni in Novi Sad, Serbia are trying to change that through implementation of a Skin Cancer Awareness Project.  With the help of …

Setting Achievable and Realistic Goals

Goal setting is an important skill that can help to ensure a successful experience while in the United States. Global UGRAD students are among the most active and stellar students on their campuses; a great way to maintain that high level of academic and extracurricular success is through setting attainable and motivational goals.  It can be useful to set both …