From Where I Stand 2019 Part I | The Global UGRAD Photojournalism Project

From Where I Stand 2019 Part I | The Global UGRAD Photojournalism Project

One of our favorite sayings is “Once a UGRAD, always a UGRAD.” Even when the U.S. portion of the Global UGRAD experience is over, alumni are always a part of this big and talented family. The lessons learned and knowledge gained during the exchange live on as alumni share their stories and dedicate efforts to shine brightly in their home …

Celebrating International Women’s Day: A Woman I Admire

Celebrating International Women’s Day: A Woman I Admire

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Global UGRAD students reflected on women from all backgrounds and walks of life who have inspired them to pursue their dreams. Maureen Tejeda, Dominican Republic, University Houston-Victoria: The woman who has inspired me to continue pursuing my dreams is the best known as “RBG”, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of …

Spring 2019 First Impressions

Spring 2019 First Impressions

World Learning asked our Global UGRADs to describe their first impressions of their host campuses. Check out what they said about their ‘homes’ for this semester! Adina Joseph, Malaysia, Chatham University: My first impression of my campus was if I was in a Narnia or Harry Potter world setting. Chatham University is so beautiful it almost does not feel real. …

Alumni Reflections

Alumni Reflections

Studying in the U.S. as a Global UGRAD student has not only had an impact on my academic skills, but it has also expanded my career scope, perspectives, and increased my awareness. I enjoyed every single aspect of the program starting from community service to living with an American roommate. Even though it wouldn’t be accurate to call any country …

Researching Flooding and Cyclones

Researching Flooding and Cyclones

While studying Disaster Science & Management and as a Global UGRAD student at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) this past semester, I had the amazing opportunity to present my research paper at the American Geophysical Union Conference 2018 in Washington, DC. I was requested to present at the largest geophysical conference where people from all over the world gather to …

Closet Talk: A Panel Discussion

Closet Talk: A Panel Discussion

“Coming-out stories are always fascinating to listen to, but unfortunately I don’t have a gratifying coming out story to tell. I haven’t come out to my parents yet. I don’t know when I will.” I paused and took a deep breath. In a big hall, I was speaking in front of over 30 people. I had never been a speaker …

American Model United Nations 2018 Conference (AMUN)

American Model United Nations 2018 Conference (AMUN)

As an exchange student of International Relations (IR) at University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire (UWEC), I decided to get involved with any possible organizations both on and off campus that could enrich my educational background and shape my professional path in IR. For that, I decided to join the Model United Nations Club, having taken a related course about International Organizations at …

New Horizons: Making Art and Exploring U.S. History

New Horizons: Making Art and Exploring U.S. History

As we wrap up the semester, Global UGRAD students reflect on their experiences exploring new subjects! Khin Oo, Burma, Iowa Wesleyan University Even though my major is Business, I have been very interested in art since I was little. I also had a dream of studying art abroad. The Global UGRAD Program finally fulfilled this dream. At Iowa Wesleyan University, …

Alumni Gathering: Albania

Alumni Gathering: Albania

Once a UGRAD, always a UGRAD! On 20th of October, Albanian Global UGRAD alumni organized a meet-up. Although we have been talking with each other constantly, it was the first time that all of us, two generations (2016-17, 2017-18) of Global UGRADs in Albania, came together to share our own experiences in the U.S. We found many similarities in our …

Inclusion on Campus

Inclusion on Campus

To be an effective leader, it is important to challenge one’s assumptions of others and create spaces where traditionally silenced groups are given an opportunity to be heard. As part of World Learning’s Global UGRAD OPAL course module “Beyond Tolerance: Inclusion and Diversity Practices,” students were requested to attend an event or club meeting that serves as a space for …