Fighting Isolation Through Digital Platforms

Fighting Isolation Through Digital Platforms

During my first few days in the United States, I was struggling to engage and connect with people. Eventually, I met students who shared the same interests and hobbies with me and had a group of people I could call my friends. Later on, I started to think of the hardest thing about being new at a university or college. …

Fall 2019 Site Visits

Fall 2019 Site Visits

Every semester, World Learning Program Officers visit a handful of host institutions to meet with students, explore facilities, and connect with university staff. Keep reading to experience campus life at five U.S. host institutions through the eyes of our Program Officers and program participants. This semester, Alex had the opportunity to visit Global UGRAD host university St. Norbert’s College in …

Meet Our New Teammates, Susan and Cara

Meet Our New Teammates, Susan and Cara

Susan Yang currently serves as a Global UGRAD Program Officer for the East Asia Pacific and South Asia regions. Prior to this, she helped administer the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and conducted research, data, and evaluation projects for the Girl Scouts River Valleys. Susan has a strong background in education including teaching abroad in South Korea …

American Sign Language: An Introduction

American Sign Language: An Introduction

Q&A with Milos Provci (Serbia), who is currently enrolled in an American Sign Language (ASL) course at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. What motivated you to study ASL? I’ve been intrigued by the lifestyle of the Deaf (yes, they capitalize it!) and this interest has only grown. I notice through my assigned readings what the ASL community needs, and I …

Alumni Gathering: South Korea

Alumni Gathering: South Korea

We Korean Global UGRADs had a Skype meeting. Actually, we tried to meet each other face-to-face, but everyone was too busy to find available time. So we finally made it on Skype. This meeting was for Global UGRAD 2016-17 and 2017-18 participants from Korea. Two members, Inho and Seongeun, from 2017-18 cohort joined the meeting, and four members, Chessy, Yunyi, …

An Alumni Reunion Three Years in the Making

An Alumni Reunion Three Years in the Making

Abdessadeq, Sofiia, and Michelle met at Marymount University on August 23rd, 2016. We instantly clicked since that first day and our friendship has been flourishing ever since. Together, we got to experience what I’d call an authentic U.S. exchange experience as we shared memories not only on campus, but also while traveling along the East Coast and through the Midwest. …

Hello from Bowling Green, Kentucky!

Hello from Bowling Green, Kentucky!

My name is Blessing Phiri, and I’m a Mechatronics major from Zimbabwe. Coming into the U.S. has really been a dream come true, and I am seizing every opportunity to learn new things about American culture. Besides enhancing my leadership skills and learning about American culture, I really looked forward to learning about emerging technologies and how we can use …