In This Edition:

Week One - Plan Now!

Money & More

Your Future is Global

Connect with UCI students who share your interests

Distinguish Yourself at Graduation

Share your experience abroad with others

Visit the Returnee web page

What Next?

Study Abroad Returnee News
December 2010/January 2011


Read now!  Some events and opportunities begin weeks 1 & 2.


English Conversation Facilitators – Earn credit, 1.3 units – New class!
UNI AFF 1B Lec U (8622)  First meeting:  Monday January 3rd.

This nine week course aims to teach tools and provide experience in facilitating English conversation for UCI international students and scholars.  Students taking this class will also learn about the world while serving as ambassadors of UCI and the U.S.
Meeting time:  Mondays 4:00 - 5:30
Location:  International Center Conference room
For more information e-mail Alegria Busso at


International Welcome Breakfast - FREE FOOD!!!
Tuesday, January 4, 10:00-11:30am - in front of Student Services II in the outdoor plaza (or in 1010AB if it is raining or cold).

Welcome back to UCI! Come meet and welcome the new international exchange students and join other UCI students who have recently returned from abroad for a FREE BREAKFAST! Bring friends, make friends, eat and be merry! See you there!


Global Leadership Certificate Program Information Session

Friday, January 7, 1:00 -2:00pm, Student Services II 1010AB

See below for full details.



Graduate Fellowship:  Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program Application Due:  January 21, 2011

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is now accepting applications for its 2011 graduate fellowships.  The Rangel Program seeks applicants who are interested in promoting positive change in the world as Foreign Service Officers for the U.S. Department of State.  The fellowship is open to undergraduate seniors and recent graduates who intend to begin two-year master’s programs in the fall of 2011.  Three UCI graduates have been awarded this fellowship in the past two years.  All three had studied abroad while at UCI.


STA Travel UCI Store
– Keep traveling.  Earn $$.

Welcome Back from STA Travel!  Now that you have the travel bug, here are some opportunities for you to continue sharing your stories and exploring the world.  For more information. visit us at the Student Center next to UCItems or call 949-743-1102.

  • The UCI Store is looking for a Brand Ambassador to spread the word about travel.  You'll earn $300 in travel money for your time.
  • Want to spend next summer traveling around the world for free?  Come ask us about our World Traveler Internship for 2011!
  • Graduating this year?  Spend 3 weeks exploring Europe on the official UCI GradTrip.  Book your spot before January 14th and you could win a free flight to London!


Tuesday, January 11, 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Student Services II, Room 1010AB.

Recently returned study abroad students, come meet other Anteaters who don’t want the international experience to end.  Hear about one another’s experiences abroad as well as what it has been like to return home. Learn how to make the most of what you learned abroad, stay involved with international activities on campus, and find out how you can go abroad again.  Light refreshments will be served. You will receive an Evite on January 3 - look out for it, and RSVP using the link in that e-mail.


Global Leadership Certificate Program (GLCP)

Discover what it means to be a leader in a global context.  Get involved at UCI and abroad.  Develop leadership skills and put them into action!  This certificate program can help set you apart as you transition from undergrad to the professional world.  You can initiate change and make a difference.  Check us out on the web (link above) and attend the information session for more details:

  • GLCP Information Session - for anyone
    Friday, January 7
    1:00 -2:00pm
    Student Services II 1010AB
  • GLCP Orientation - for registered participants
    Wednesday, January 19
    Student Services II 1010AB
Global Leadership Certificate Program

UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) Symposium

Friday, January 14, 2011, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1517.

The symposium includes panels of research papers and a poster session by faculty and graduate students presenting their latest research related to international conflict and cooperation.  For more details, the agenda, or to RSVP, please email or call Sandra Cushman at 949-824-3344.


UCI Career Center’s Career Fest 2011

Learn more about a specific field that interests you, while connecting with seasoned professionals. Check out the different panel and spotlight topics at and RSVP to attend on ZotLink. For example, consider:

  • Nonprofit & Service - Tuesday, Feb. 15, 5:00 to 6:30 pm, Career Center
  • International Business – Thursday, Feb. 24, 5:00 to 6:30 pm, Career Center

LESSONS FROM ABROAD:  Study Abroad Returnee Conference

At UC San Diego on Saturday, February 26, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. 

Your registration fee covers the cost of lunch and conference materials ($10 in advance; $15 on-site).  Past participants have found the conference to benefit them personally and professionally.  You will reflect upon your experiences, lessons learned, and skills gained; network with students and professionals; and consider further opportunities at home and abroad.



International and Global Studies ClubMeets every other Wednesday
Wednesday, January 12, 3:00 p.m.  Student Center, Crescent Bay A


Come have intellectual discussions with peers and faculty.  We have meetings every other Wednesdays (the even weeks of the year) and each meeting hosts different international topics.  The first week’s topic is, “Drugs, Crime and Gangs:  Are We Responsible?” 


The International Club
– Join today!

Make friends from all over the world! The International Club is a social club designed to bring together international students and domestic students through activities, events and excursions.  Check out past events, up-coming events and club details on our Facebook page.  We look forward to welcoming you at our next meeting or event.


English Conversation Program
Meet international students every Monday!
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the International Center

The English Conversational Program allows international students to improve conversational skills while discussing current events in small groups.  Meet international students and scholars from around the world and gain exposure to multiple perspectives on current events, both local and global.  Everyone is welcome!  For more information contact the International Center.


Communication Club
(conversation partners)   Join today!

Be a conversation partner for a UCI Extension international student.  The Communication Club partners domestic and international students for language and cultural learning…and fun!  For more information or to be matched with a partner contact Communication Club at (949) 824-8530 or


International Pub Night

Every Thursday night at the Anteater Pub & Grille in the UCI Student Center.

Meet international students, study abroad returnees, residents from the International Village, members of the International Club and more!  Everyone is welcome!  International Students over 21, be sure to bring your UCI ID and passport to be served.




Show your global pride at graduation and make your international experience visible! Accent your cap and gown with a Country Sash! The special discount price for UCI Students will be confirmed in mid-January.  Order at CIE between mid-January and mid-May. You can check out the sashes here but be sure to order through the Study Abroad Center in order to receive the discount price.



Are you tired of talking about your time abroad with friends and family and seeing their eyes glaze over? Below are some ways for you to get a captive audience and share about your experiences with people who want to hear it.
  • Join Us On Facebook  Show UCI students what YOU did abroad! Post your photos, videos, blogs, stories, and more on the Anteaters Abroad page on Facebook. This is an easy way to promote study abroad at UCI and could quite possibly inspire someone else to take their journey!
  • Main Street UCI documentation project
    You are invited to take part in the Main Street UCI documentation project. Write about yourself and get published as part of UCI history.  Professor Frank Cancian is striving to get UCI students' stories preserved and published in the UCI Archives. The digital archive will be open to the public. We would love to hear what you have to say about your experience at UCI (good, bad or even a specific event that you remember). You can check out posts at  For more information or to contribute your story, email