International Education Week

Across the United States last week (and for much of November!), campuses and organizations celebrated International Education Week (IEW) with a variety of events, workshops, and festivals designed to increase awareness about the benefits of cultural exchange and learning about different peoples, places, and practices. IEW is jointly sponsored each year by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. …

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

My name is Fernanda Alina Polanco Avendaño, and I am from Nicaragua. I had the chance to be part of the Global UGRAD Program around 2015-2016 in Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU). Thanks to my Global UGRAD journey, my life became more fruitful and significant in all aspects. I got to meet other Global UGRAD friends from my home country, …

First Look: Community Service

First Look: Community Service

Global UGRAD students are required to complete at least 20 hours of community service while they are in the United States in order to give back and make meaningful connections to their local communications. Many students have already started volunteering in their local host community. Please read below about the volunteering experiences written by current Global UGRAD students:   “As …

Arriving on Campus

Arriving on Campus

This August, the Global UGRAD 2020-2021 cohort was very busy making their long-awaited trips to their U.S. host universities! We are so excited to welcome all of the Global UGRADs to the United States and look forward to watching the positive impact they make on their local and university communities. In anticipation of arrivals, we asked the Global UGRADs about …

April Social Media Challenge: #EarthDayChallenge

April Social Media Challenge: #EarthDayChallenge

Did you know that about one billion people take part in Earth Day activities around the world every year? No matter where we live, the Earth is something we all have in common. During the month of April, we launched a social media challenge asking Global UGRADs to share what the environment means to them and what they are doing …

Global UGRAD Application Now Open! Jan 4-Feb 28

Global UGRAD Application Now Open! Jan 4-Feb 28

The Global UGRAD student application is now available! You can check the eligibility requirements and start your application here on our website. Submissions are due before February 28, 2021 at 12 midnight Eastern Standard Time. For this application cycle, selected finalists should expect to travel to the United States in January 2022. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for reminders …

Celebrating Ramadan While Social Distancing

Celebrating Ramadan While Social Distancing

Each year as Muslims, we celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with fasting, praying, remembering the less fortunate, hanging the sparkly decorations on our windows, having family gatherings, and late-night visits, but this year doing all of these is impossible. The recent global pandemic forced us to ditch what we are used to; this severe situation has made social distancing, …

Discovering Connections to my Homeland at California State University San Marcos

Discovering Connections to my Homeland at California State University San Marcos

My name is Victoria, I was born twenty-one years ago in the Republic of Tuva, a remote native community in Russia. And twenty-five years ago, in Sweden, Tuva Liisa Victoria was born. Fate has brought us together in San Marcos, California. I didn’t believe in fate before, but after our meeting, I know that everything is not a coincidence in …

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 …