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 …

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 …

An Unforgettable Experience by Soumayani Ghoshal

The Global UGRAD experience leaves an indelible impact on each of our minds and urges us to keep following our dreams while working towards developing our community. The community service hours taught me the importance of caring and giving back to society. This inspired a group of fellow alumni and me to begin our own mini organization called the Glow …

Friendships: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Friendships: Looking Back and Looking Forward

When first arriving in the United States, it can be hard to breakthrough those superficial boundaries and develop deep connections with Americans. Of course as our Global UGRAD students have found, the effort is always worth it. Each semester our students forge beautiful, rewarding friendships. Now, as another semester comes to an end, and our Global UGRAD students wave goodbye …

Alumni Edition: Where is my UGRAD Post Now?

Alumni Edition: Where is my UGRAD Post Now?

Johanny Amaya Melgar, Honduras, Global UGRAD 2015-16 at Emporia State University From where I stand today – at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras – I help to empower the most vulnerable youth in my community through English language, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills. It’s incredible to see these youth actually smiling and dreaming of a better future, with them in it. …

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 …

Journalism with a Pulitzer Prize Winner by Soumayani Ghoshal

Journalism with a Pulitzer Prize Winner by Soumayani Ghoshal

Global UGRAD, administered by World Learning, has always strived to provide the best experiences to their Global UGRADers. From instilling a sense of confidence in each of them to making them believe in their potentials to create a change, they have been successful in creating dedicated leaders year after year. Being a finalist this year was a surreal experience and …

The Global UGRAD Booklist: National Book Month

The Global UGRAD Booklist: National Book Month

Happy National Book Month! We hope you’ll find time to cozy up with a book, maybe a blanket, and a hot beverage. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your booklist, our Global UGRAD participants and alumni are here to tell you which books they’re reading. Thongdee Thanyalak (Thailand), St. Catherine University, Global UGRAD 2017-18 God’s Bits of Wood – Ousmane Sembène This is …

From Where I Stand 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 of impact. The lessons learned and knowledge gained during the exchange live on as alumni share their stories and dedicate efforts to shine brightly in …