Experience America: Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Beyond the delightful spread across the table during the Thanksgiving holiday and time with loved ones, this time of year calls for meaningful reflections. Taking the time to think about who and what we are grateful for provides us with a moment to pause, step back, and gently think again, and affords us a fresh perspective for a new year …

Reflections on the Virtual End of Program Summit

World Learning held its virtual End of Program (EoP) summit from November 8 -12. Global UGRAD students from all over the United States tuned into Zoom sessions hosted by facilitator Si Norton on topics ranging from building leadership capabilities to action planning/ community mapping. Traditionally held in Washington, DC, the virtual format of the summit served as a constant reminder …

Alumni Update: South Korea

Alumni Update: South Korea

  That moment when you get an article request from World Learning, you not only get to reflect on how far you have come over the past few years, but also get to delightfully remind yourself how you are “Once a UGRAD, always a UGRAD.” After getting my degree in Seoul, I moved back to the United States to work …

Democracy and Human Rights Highlight: Edison Broce

Democracy and Human Rights Highlight: Edison Broce

With the kickoff of the first Summit for Democracy this week, the U.S. Department of State and World Learning are celebrating human rights and democracy this December. We checked in with Global UGRAD alumnus Edison Broce who sees and practices democracy in action every day as a Member of Parliament in Panama. Edison elaborates on why democracy and human rights …

Closing of Virtual English Language Training Program

Closing of Virtual English Language Training Program

Between August and December, 34 students participated in our Virtual English Language Training (ELT) Program, where they enjoyed a safe and comfortable space to strengthen their academic writing, speaking, listening, and reading skills. They engaged in 15 to 20 hours of synchronous and asynchronous activities every week, covering a variety of topics tailored to their fields of study and interests. …

International Education Week

Across the United States last week (and for much of November!), campuses and organizations celebrated International Education Week (IEW) with a variety of events, workshops, and festivals designed to increase awareness about the benefits of cultural exchange and learning about different peoples, places, and practices. IEW is jointly sponsored each year by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. …

The Global UGRAD Application is Now Live! November 1 to January 6, 2022

The Global UGRAD student application is now available! You can check the eligibility requirements and start your application here on our website. Submissions are due before January 6, 2022 at 12 midnight Eastern Standard Time. For this application cycle, selected finalists should expect to travel to the United States in August 2022 or January 2023. Stay tuned to our Facebook account for reminders …

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

My name is Fernanda Alina Polanco Avendaño, and I am from Nicaragua. I had the chance to be part of the Global UGRAD Program around 2015-2016 in Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU). Thanks to my Global UGRAD journey, my life became more fruitful and significant in all aspects. I got to meet other Global UGRAD friends from my home country, …

Meet Our New Teammates

Jacob Waddell is joining the Global UGRAD Program working with students from East Asia and Pacific and South Asia. He is originally from St. Louis, Missouri but now lives in Washington, DC and is studying for an MA in International Affairs at American University. Prior to joining World Learning, Jacob taught English in Hiroshima, Japan from 2016-2018 and served as …

Alumni Update: Moldova

My name is Radu Marian and I’m from Republic of Moldova. I’ve completed my Global UGRAD Program in 2013 at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). I am currently a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, as vice president of the Economic, Budget and Finance Parliament Committee.  I am also the vice president (business & economy portfolio) …