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, …

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. …

My Journey with Global UGRAD by Firdaus Bin Ahmad Azman

My journey began on October 18, 2016, when Morris Deri, now an alumnus for the program, was undergoing his exchange semester at Minnesota State University Mankato. During his semester, he approached me with the prospect of applying for the same program. To put things into perspective, it was a flagship program performing under the Fulbright Grant, a highly coveted scholarship sought by applicants …

National Braille Literacy Month by Inho Seo

Braille helps me become independent. The first time when I knew about Braille was at a special school for the blind. I became totally blind when I was seven. My parents didn’t know about how to educate me because they hadn’t thought of any disabilities in their life before. I couldn’t go to local school because they also hadn’t taught …

Malaysia Alumni Update by Justice Khor

Malaysia Alumni Update by Justice Khor

Flashback to almost a half year ago, when I was sitting in the LGBTQ safe zone training class at California State University Monterey Bay. I saw people coming from different walks of life, but mainly young people coming together to learn about the LGBTQ community. But suddenly there’s an elderly man. He drags a chair and joins the class. To …

#EoPinDC: Global UGRAD Fall End of Program Workshop

#EoPinDC: Global UGRAD Fall End of Program Workshop

Each year, it’s always an exciting and bittersweet time when we welcome the academic semester Global UGRAD participants to Washington, DC for our End of Program Workshop (for social media fans, #EoPinDC). This fall, from November 19th-22nd, 114 participants converged on our nation’s capital for three unforgettable days of learning, leadership, and camaraderie – and a whole lot of fun along …

Global UGRAD Fall 2017 University Site Visits

Global UGRAD Fall 2017 University Site Visits

This October, Will O’Roark had the opportunity to travel to the University of Connecticut – a new partner on the Global UGRAD Program. UConn is the largest university in the state and is home to over 23,000 students. The university is proud of its strong engineering program and its nationally recognized women’s and men’s basketball programs. In addition to meeting with university administrators and staff in the …

The Global UGRAD Booklist – Part II

The Global UGRAD Booklist – Part II

National Book Month may be over, but reading suggestions from our current participants and alumni are not! Check out what the Global UGRADs are into this month:   Sibongile Hokonya (Zimbabwe), Carroll College, Global UGRAD 2017-18 Concrete Economics by J. Bradford DeLong and Stephen S. Cohen My room was very warm today and so I decided to sit outside and enjoy the cool …

Alumni: AEIF 2017 Winner- The arTEA Project

Alumni: AEIF 2017 Winner- The arTEA Project

Christine Catindig, Philippines, Utica College, Global UGRAD 2016-2017 While it is true that the Global UGRAD Program helps its participants answer their questions about the world, the uniqueness of the program also lies in its ability to encourage and influence students to dare ask themselves challenging questions such as “What can we do to serve others?” The arTEA Project is …