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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Celebrating Diwali

Celebrating Diwali

Pooja Das, India, St. Ambrose University Last month I celebrated Diwali, a very important Hindu festival which is celebrated with great enthusiasm by many around the world. I had a wonderful Diwali at St. Ambrose University with my friends, including my Global UGRAD friends! We all dressed in our traditional clothes and had dinner together. Additionally, I was invited by a …

Experiencing America: Thanksgiving

Experiencing America: Thanksgiving

This semester’s Global UGRAD students had the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving with their host communities, gathering with other international students as well as with American families. Enjoy these reflections by the Global UGRAD participants on their Thanksgiving experiences! Souksavanh Vongthongchit, Laos, St. Ambrose University “Thanksgiving is a special U.S. holiday when American people take this time to show thanks for …

Global UGRAD 2019-2020 Application is Open!

The application for 2019-2020 Global UGRAD Program is now open! Do you know someone who would be interested? Share! Do you think you would be a great candidate? Apply! For more information and how to apply, visit our website: www.worldlearning.org/ugrad. Make sure to also follow the Global UGRAD Program on Facebook and Twitter to keep updated on important deadlines and …

Teaching American Youth About Cambodia

Teaching American Youth About Cambodia

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), my host institution, provided me the opportunity to present about Cambodia to a number of primary school students, high school students, and teachers at St. Peter School in San Antonio. I first provided some general facts about Cambodia including the geographical area, overview of lives in urban and rural areas, religions, currency, and …