Winter Olympics Special: Athletics and Global UGRAD

Winter Olympics Special: Athletics and Global UGRAD

As the world’s attention turns toward the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, we asked current and former Global UGRAD participants to reflect on the importance of sports in their lives. The following are short paragraphs written by students who excel not only in the classroom, but in stadiums and gymnasiums around the world. In shining a spotlight …

2017 Fall Semester Honor Roll

Once again, our Global UGRAD students have surpassed expectations. The fall academic semester participants connected with host communities through cultural events and social activism while at the same time immersing themselves in U.S. academic culture. While all of our students are impressive, the following went above and beyond by making the Global UGRAD honor role for the fall term with …

First Impressions

First Impressions

Several weeks ago, we asked our Global UGRADs to describe their first impressions of their host campuses. Some casually explained their campus alligators, while others spoke about just how incredibly BIG their campus library is. Check out more about our spring Global UGRAD participants’ first impressions of their ‘homes’ for the next semester! Florida Gulf Coast University The first thing …

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 …

All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service from Around the World – Part I

All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service from Around the World – Part I

Community service is an integral part of the Global UGRAD experience. Beyond being a program requirement, Global UGRAD participants embrace civic engagement as one of the most valuable, enjoyable, and rewarding parts of their semester in the U.S. As the spring semester students gear up to begin their own service activities, we would like to highlight the outstanding volunteer work …

El Salvador Alumni Update: Enner Morales

It’s been four years since I finished the Global UGRAD Program, one of the most amazing adventures I could ever dream of. Through this journey, I had not only an academic exchange, but also a life-changing experience that shaped me into the person I am today. During the program I got involved in the Illinois State University (ISU) Leads Leadership …

Around the World: Vietnam in West Virginia By Huong Nguyen

Around the World: Vietnam in West Virginia By Huong Nguyen

It is an honor to be a member of the Global UGRAD family and a member of the Mountaineer family in West Virginia University (WVU). I enjoy a privileged status as a cultural ambassador of Vietnam, Southeast Asia. Having been in the U.S. for a month, I feel like a new horizon has opened in front of my eyes. Every single day, …

Algeria Alumni Corner: Bahdja Sehli

The YaLa Academy’s Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism is an initiative launched in partnership with the U.S. Institute of Peace and the European Union’s Peace building Initiative. It provides Middle Eastern and African youth the opportunity to join its free online program for one semester of media training, conducted by leading journalists and new media experts, as well as …

Philippines Alumni Update: Nicole Yu

Philippines Alumni Update: Nicole Yu

Since I got back from my exchange in Mississippi, I graduated from my university and joined several management trainings with different companies, including one with Nestle Philippines. I also started writing for a national broadsheet while I was figuring out what to do next. Aside from that, I resumed my job as an events host and model in my country. …