Winter Break Travel, Part I

Winter Break Travel, Part I

Every year, English Language Training (ELT) students take advantage of their winter break to explore the United States and deepen their American connections. Please find excerpts from their adventures below (and stay tuned for part two of this series in February). Francisco Aquirre (Nicaragua) at Wright State University “We visited the United Nations. Our guide explained the different kinds of …

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

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

Last month, we published Part I of our 2019 From Where I Stand series, the Global UGRAD photo project that creatively shows what our alumni have accomplished since returning home. If you did not have a chance to read last month’s installment, you can find it here. We are thrilled to share even more stories of volunteerism, academics, and growth with you this month. …

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 …

My Person: Global UGRAD Students’ Closest Mentors and Friends

My Person: Global UGRAD Students’ Closest Mentors and Friends

It’s not easy leaving the familiarity of home to begin a new adventure in a foreign country. It takes courage, resilience, and a welcoming community. Luckily, our Global UGRAD students are adept at developing deep and lasting relationships with wonderful people who support and encourage them throughout this journey. Below, some students share with us a special someone who has …

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 …

All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service – Part II

All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service – Part II

A few months ago, we shared inspiring stories about the volunteer work of several of our fall semester participants. Now, as the spring semester rapidly draws to a close, we’re excited to highlight our current Global UGRAD participants and how they’re getting on with their community service hours. From tutoring and after-school care to event coordination and more, Global UGRADs …

For the Love of Language

This month’s Global Gazette shines a light on Global UGRAD students who have embarked on learning multiple languages. Far from being content with mono-, bi- or even trilingualism, here are a few examples of Global UGRAD students who push themselves towards learning new languages. Leila Pyreva, Russia, University of Wisconsin Green Bay I have never thought about learning languages as my main …

Global UGRAD Students’ Favorite Places

Global UGRAD Students’ Favorite Places

This month we asked our Global UGRAD students to share with us their favorite places in their U.S. communities. We received responses ranging from river walks to libraries, all special in their own way. Please read on to get a glimpse of where our Global UGRAD students’ daily lives take place. Zhanna Ateibek from Kazakhstan at University of Wisconsin – Green …