Experiencing America: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Experiencing America: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Now about halfway into their program, our Global UGRADs from Europe and Central Asia have had many opportunities to engage with their host communities. Their experiences have helped them gain insight into American life and build connections between their host communities and their communities back home. Check out some of their favorite experiences below! Dilnaz Imeramzayeva, Kazakhstan, SUNY – Plattsburgh:  On …

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. …

Spring 2019 Favorite Study Spots

Spring 2019 Favorite Study Spots

With midterms well underway, the Global UGRAD students have been busy with exams and assignments. Check out some of their favorite study spots around campus this semester! Yuory Chhun, Cambodia, Nazareth College: It has been so hectic with exams and assignments last week. I have been spending most of my time at the library. I spent around eight hours at …

Global UGRAD Alumnus Wins Second Place in Student Energy Challenge – 2018

Global UGRAD Alumnus Wins Second Place in Student Energy Challenge – 2018

While I had been studying at the University of Arkansas in Spring 2018, my friends from Kazakhstan invited me to participate in “Student Energy Challenge – 2018” sponsored by Shell within the framework of the World Petroleum Meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan on October 2-3, 2018. Our aim was to scientifically and economically develop the solution to current ecological problems of …

Alumni Update: Raushan Zhandayeva, Kazakhstan, CSUB

One of the most important lessons that I received during my Global UGRAD experience back in 2016 was the importance of cross-cultural communication. Today, starting my Master of Global Affairs (MGA) program at the University of Notre Dame, I cannot underestimate this invaluable message. The Keough School of Global Affairs, my new home for the next two years, is the …

All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service – Part II

All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service – Part II

A few months ago, we shared inspiring stories about the volunteer work of several of our fall semester participants. Now, as the spring semester rapidly draws to a close, we’re excited to highlight our current Global UGRAD participants and how they’re getting on with their community service hours. From tutoring and after-school care to event coordination and more, Global UGRADs …

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 …

Global UGRAD’s Favorite Words

Global UGRAD’s Favorite Words

  This month we asked the Global UGRAD students what some of their favorite words are in both English and their own languages. Some love words because of the way they sound; others because there is no translation. Certain words inspire the Global UGRAD students to aim for their goals or feel good about their experiences. Zhanna Ateibek’s (University of …

Global UGRAD Alumni Meet Up in Almaty, Kazakhstan by Will O’Roark

I had the opportunity to travel to Almaty, Kazakhstan and Dushanbe, Tajikistan at the end of September. Prior to joining World Learning, I spent several years living and working in Central Asia and Eurasia. I had worked as a university administrator at a number of institutions in Kazakhstan, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in central Kazakhstan, and …