April Social Media Challenge: #EarthDayChallenge

April Social Media Challenge: #EarthDayChallenge

Did you know that about one billion people take part in Earth Day activities around the world every year? No matter where we live, the Earth is something we all have in common. During the month of April, we launched a social media challenge asking Global UGRADs to share what the environment means to them and what they are doing …

Partner Feature: Juniata College

Partner Feature: Juniata College

Shya Erdman is currently Director of International Student and Scholar Services at Juniata College’s Center for International Education. Shya graduated from Juniata College in 2003 and returned as an employee in October of 2005. She has been with Juniata College for over 15 years! Here, Shya will provide insight into the international student experience. What does your orientation for international students …

Alumni Update – Malaysia

Alumni Update – Malaysia

We are excited to bring you an update from two of our alumni from Malaysia. Sher Rynn Khoo attended the University of Wyoming  and Naomi Ng attended Western Washington University during the 2016-2017 Global UGRAD Program. Sher Rynn recently gave a TEDx talk at her alma mater about the value of self-investment, and how continuous investment of time, effort, mindfulness and …

Alumni Update – Raul del Valle (Guatemala)

Alumni Update – Raul del Valle (Guatemala)

Since Sunday, December 15th of 2019, the date I “concluded” my participation in the Global UGRAD Program at American University in D.C., life has been a roller coaster of emotions. I mention “concluded” inside quotation marks because I truly believe that when someone becomes a Global UGRAD, they will forever be a Global UGRAD. After the program I came back …

April Online Engagement: Country Presentations and Public Speaking

April Online Engagement: Country Presentations and Public Speaking

In our fourth month of online engagement, Global UGRAD finalists saw the return of some of our popular series activities: our student-facilitated Country Presentations and our Speaker Series. This round of Country Presentations closed out with student presenters from three additional regions, and this edition of the Speaker Series, focused on public speaking, featured guest speaker Zoe Matthews. Country Presentations …

Final Call for Host Institution Applications!

World Learning is wrapping up its open call for host institution applications! Through April 30th, we are actively recruiting four-year institutions of higher education to host another dynamic cohort of international students from 70 countries for one semester during the spring 2022 term. While at their host institutions, participants explore core U.S. values and culture, share their own culture and …

March Online Engagement: Alumni Q&A Panels and Academic Writing

March Online Engagement: Alumni Q&A Panels and Academic Writing

This March, the Global UGRAD team dove deeper into the academic world with the introduction of two new activities in our spring virtual programming: our Alumni Q&A Panels and Professional Development series. For our first installment of the Alumni Q&A Panel, Global UGRAD alumni shared their experiences on the subject of All Things Academics! Next, the topic of this month’s edition of …

March Social Media Challenge: #WomanOfCourage

March Social Media Challenge: #WomanOfCourage

Last month, we celebrated Women’s History Month by asking Global UGRAD participants to highlight a #womanofcourage who has made an impact on their life. Below, Hala Al Amayreh, Risfi Pratiwi, and Victoria Anghel share their responses. One of the greatest blessings of life is being asked about the woman who has influenced my life. I could not find anyone greater …