Lunar New Year Across U.S. Campuses

Lunar New Year Across U.S. Campuses

  “At Maryville College, we celebrated Chinese New Year with Lucky Lion Dancers on January 16, 2020. The celebration was held by Study Abroad Ambassadors. I wanted to participate in the event because people believe that if you watch the Lucky Lion Dancers, it will brush away bad things from last year and bring you good luck this year. I …

Fall 2019 Photo Contest Winners

Fall 2019 Photo Contest Winners

Check out the winners of the Global UGRAD Fall 2019 Photo Contest! This semester’s categories were: American Experiences, Community Service, Best School Spirit, Sharing Culture, and Best Halloween Costume. American Experiences Community Service Best School Spirit Sharing Culture Best Halloween Costume

Fall 2019 First Impressions

Fall 2019 First Impressions

The fall 2019 semester is off to a great start. Now that the Global UGRAD students have had the chance to settle into their new homes for the next few months, here is a glance at some students’ first impressions! Daniil Gurgurov, Moldova, Murray State University: I have lived on campus for three weeks already and I have only positive …

Alumni Update: Rosely Meredith, Guatemala

Alumni Update: Rosely Meredith, Guatemala

My name is Rosely Maurín Arana Meredith and I was a Global UGRAD participant in 2013. I had the amazing opportunity to study at Murray State University in Kentucky. Since that time, I feel part of a wonderful group of people whose values and desires have always been to help others in different areas with the tools learned through the …

From Where I Stand 2019 Part II | The Global UGRAD Photojournalism Project

From Where I Stand 2019 Part II | The Global UGRAD Photojournalism Project

Last month, we published Part I of our 2019 From Where I Stand series, the Global UGRAD photo project that creatively shows what our alumni have accomplished since returning home. If you did not have a chance to read last month’s installment, you can find it here. We are thrilled to share even more stories of volunteerism, academics, and growth with you this month. …

Celebrating International Women’s Day: A Woman I Admire

Celebrating International Women’s Day: A Woman I Admire

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Global UGRAD students reflected on women from all backgrounds and walks of life who have inspired them to pursue their dreams. Maureen Tejeda, Dominican Republic, University Houston-Victoria: The woman who has inspired me to continue pursuing my dreams is the best known as “RBG”, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of …

Summer Camp America in Tajikistan

Summer Camp America in Tajikistan

For the past three years, I spent my summer doing my favorite job: working with kids at Summer Camp America. This year, Summer Camp America was different. The application was open just for U.S. Government (USG)-sponsored programs alumni. Luckily, this year, I became a Global UGRAD alum and was accepted to participate. This year’s Summer Camp was in Sarband and Khovaling, Tajikistan. At Summer Camp …

My Person: Global UGRAD Students’ Closest Mentors and Friends

My Person: Global UGRAD Students’ Closest Mentors and Friends

It’s not easy leaving the familiarity of home to begin a new adventure in a foreign country. It takes courage, resilience, and a welcoming community. Luckily, our Global UGRAD students are adept at developing deep and lasting relationships with wonderful people who support and encourage them throughout this journey. Below, some students share with us a special someone who has …

Global UGRAD Students’ Favorite Places

Global UGRAD Students’ Favorite Places

This month we asked our Global UGRAD students to share with us their favorite places in their U.S. communities. We received responses ranging from river walks to libraries, all special in their own way. Please read on to get a glimpse of where our Global UGRAD students’ daily lives take place. Zhanna Ateibek from Kazakhstan at University of Wisconsin – Green …