Fall 2019 End of Program Summit

Fall 2019 End of Program Summit

This past November, the World Learning team was thrilled to welcome 127 students from 59 countries for the End of Program Summit in Washington, DC. They traveled from universities across the United States to participate in leadership development seminars, network with one another, and explore the city. Highlights included a visit to the National Museum of African American History & Culture, and …

Global UGRAD Students Reflect on Thanksgiving

Global UGRAD Students Reflect on Thanksgiving

This November, many of the Global UGRAD students had the opportunity to experience their first Thanksgiving. Below you can read some of their reflections about spending the day with friends, university staff, and their friendship families! This year instead of repeating Season 5 episode 1 from Friends “The One with All the Thanksgivings,” I had the opportunity to experience it …

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 …

Costa Rica Trip with Castleton University Chorale

Costa Rica Trip with Castleton University Chorale

Studying at Castleton University has been a very enriching experience for me. I remember the orientation day when other new students and I were encouraged to be involved in on-campus activities by Victoria Angis (Associate Dean of Students) saying, “This is a university with many opportunities for you to be successful, come out of your comfort zone and do new …

#EoPinDC: Global UGRAD Spring End-of-Program Summit

#EoPinDC: Global UGRAD Spring End-of-Program Summit

Each academic semester, it is always an exciting time when we welcome Global UGRAD participants to Washington, DC for our End of Program Summit (for social media fans, #EoPinDC). Earlier this month, from March 31st-April 4th, 134 students from over 50 countries attending 40 different universities around the U.S. converged on our nation’s capital for four unforgettable days of learning. …

Making Connections Through Religion  

Making Connections Through Religion  

Doni Rizki Akbar, Indonesia, Indiana State University: I have two local families around my campus who really care about me. One family is Muslim and the other is Christian, and they are both like my host families. The first is the Alam family. They are a Bangladeshi-American family who have lived in the U.S. for more than 10 years. There …

My Second Family: the Impact of Friendship Families

My Second Family: the Impact of Friendship Families

Many Global UGRAD host universities provide amazing opportunities for Global UGRAD students to engage with their host communities. One such example are friendship family programs, where international students are paired with local families for an exchange of culture, friendship, and fun. Please continue reading to hear more about the positive impact these types of exchanges have on both student and …

Meet our New Teammate, Vitalie Diaconu

Meet our New Teammate, Vitalie Diaconu

Vitalie Diaconu joins the Global UGRAD team as the Program Officer for Eurasia and Central Asia. Originally from Moldova, Vitalie moved to the United States two years ago and worked with Eurasia Foundation, managing the Young Professionals Network program. Prior to that, he worked with the Permanent Mission of Moldova to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and …

Global UGRAD 2019-20 Host Institution Application is Open

Global UGRAD 2019-20 Host Institution Application is Open

The Global UGRAD Program is currently accepting applications for host institutions! The Global UGRAD Program will support approximately 250 promising leaders from about 60 different countries during the 2019-20 academic year. Global UGRAD students add diversity to campuses and valuable perspectives in the classroom. World Learning is seeking a cadre of universities and colleges to host these dynamic students. Interested …

Exploring the U.S. with CEA Funds!

This semester, World Learning provided Global UGRAD students the opportunity to apply for a Cultural Enrichment Allowance (CEA) to explore U.S. culture by attending musicals and concerts; going to museums and theme parks; visiting monuments, and more. Below are some of the cultural areas in which students gained knowledge. The Environment Zheng Liu, China, Florida Gulf Coast University I visited …