Global UGRAD Bucket Lists

Global UGRAD Bucket Lists

One month into their exchange program, Global UGRAD participants are hard at work setting ambitious goals to make the most of their semester. Now that they have familiarized themselves with campus and settled into life in the United States, they have begun to think about the events, activities, or objectives they hope to accomplish before they depart in May. As …

Alumni Spotlight: Mozambique

Alumni Spotlight: Mozambique

In this month’s alumni spotlight, World Learning is thrilled to highlight the remarkable efforts of three Global UGRAD alumni from Mozambique who are joining forces to establish an organization dedicated to promoting climate literacy within their homeland. Xana Maunze, a Global UGRAD participant from the 2017-2018 cohort who studied at Fairleigh Dickinson University, embarked on her journey toward sustainability during …

Alumni Spotlight: A Global UGRAD Mini-Reunion

Alumni Spotlight: A Global UGRAD Mini-Reunion

In the spirit of fostering lifelong connections and celebrating the diverse achievements of Global UGRAD alumni, Michelle Cerén (El Salvador), Sophia Pylypyuk (Ukraine), and Abdessadeq Ourkiya (Morocco), recently embarked on a reunion that transcended borders and cultures. All three were Global UGRAD participants at Marymount University in the Fall 2016 semester. In this collaborative article, they share about their experience …

End of Program Workshop: Fall 2023

End of Program Workshop: Fall 2023

World Learning hosted the fall 2023 Global UGRAD End of Program Workshop from November 8 to 11 in Washington, D.C. The event saw 145 Global UGRAD students from 51 countries participate in an event that is not only the highlight of the semester but also a uniquely UGRAD experience. Workshop sessions began on Thursday, November 9. Following insightful opening remarks …

Alumni Spotlight: Zimbabwe

Alumni Spotlight: Zimbabwe

Hello UGRADs! My name is Sibonisiwe Ngubeni and I was privileged to represent my country, Zimbabwe, as a Global UGRAD student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) in the spring semester of 2019. UTK, also known as Rocky Top, was packed with opportunities, hospitality, energy, tradition, green spaces, and quiet corners; a true breeding ground for thriving global changemakers. …

Student Spotlight: Cambodia

Student Spotlight: Cambodia

Global UGRAD students are incredibly adaptable and curious. For the past two months, they have enthusiastically pursued the opportunities brought about by new environments, peers, languages, and experiences. Every so often, however, they find solace in a “home away from home.” Music, food, and people from students’ home countries offer a special type of comfort in a new setting. On …

Alumni Spotlight: Georgia

Alumni Spotlight: Georgia

This month, World Learning is happy to introduce two fall 2022 alums from the Republic of Georgia: Marta Berdzenadze, who studied at the University of Montevallo in Alabama, and Dea Margvelashvili, who studied at the University of the Ozarks in Arkansas. These two exceptional individuals successfully completed the Global UGRAD Program and now aim to leave a lasting impact on …

Alumni Event Feature: Sri Lanka

Alumni Event Feature: Sri Lanka

Upon successfully completing the Global UGRAD Program and returning to their home countries, students become part of robust and diverse alumni networks. These alumni groups often hold gatherings, uniting multiple cohorts of Global UGRAD alumni in one place. On September 7th, Global UGRAD alumni in Sri Lanka were invited by the U.S. Embassy to a gathering hosted in the country’s …

Alumni Spotlight: Jordan

Alumni Spotlight: Jordan

Hello! My name is Lina AlSarayreh, from Amman, Jordan. I am an alum of the Global UGRAD 2022/2023 Exchange Program and attended Portland State University (PSU) during the fall 2022 semester. Having to return home after such an enriching exchange program experience and readjust to my old routine was quite difficult at first. I was still overwhelmed by all the …

Alumni Reflection: Malaysia

Alumni Reflection: Malaysia

Hi! I’m Hervinder Kaur, Global UGRAD 2022-2023 alum from Malaysia. I attended Florida Gulf Coast University during the fall semester. The Global UGRAD Program has been my “time of life,” a journey I wish I could re-live all over again. It allowed me to experience a world-class education system, where I could express my individuality without fear of judgment. UGRAD …