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, …

Halloween with Global UGRAD

Halloween with Global UGRAD

To celebrate the Halloween holiday, we asked the Global UGRAD participants to send us pictures from their Halloween experiences. There were a lot of festive and spooky pumpkins, and some lovely costumes. Some of the students had never carved a pumpkin or gone trick-or-treating before, and it was nice to see them experience some firsts! Halloween Costumes “For Halloween, the …

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 …

Alumni Reflection: Georgia

Once a Global UGRAD, Always a Global UGRAD My name is Nikolozi Sepiashvili. I am a senior student of the Bachelor’s Degree Program in Economics at the International School of Economics (ISET) in Tbilisi, Georgia. I became a finalist of the Global UGRAD Exchange Program 2019-2020, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and received a scholarship to study at …

Fall Photo Montage

Fall Photo Montage

Fall Photo Montage We asked the Global UGRAD students to send us photos of some of the adventures they have been on this fall. Many are spending their time away from campus to explore new cities and nature. They are also busy participating in community service projects and making new friends. Their pictures serve as a nice reminder of how …

First Impressions of Campus

First Impressions of Campus

Over the last several weeks, some 230 Global UGRADs arrived on campus in the United States and began the fall semester. This cohort has waited patiently through the last year for this opportunity,  and it is a great joy to finally see them arrive and settle into their in-person programming. We requested students to share some of their first impressions …

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

One Career, Multiple Paths The Global UGRAD Program boosted my confidence and helped me to open up to multiple possibilities. My experience abroad made me realize how flexible my skills and abilities are, and I became aware of the value of adapting to different environments. After my Global UGRAD experience, I started to feel braver to explore beyond one strict …

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 …