Study Abroad News

January 2013

In This Edition:

Important Events

On-Campus Leadership - Share your insights from abroad

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 Webpage

What Next?


Important Events - Mark your calendar!

International Welcome (Back) Breakfast - FREE FOOD!
Tuesday, January 8th, 10:00-11:30 a.m. 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 welcome back fellow UCI students who have recently returned from abroad for a FREE BREAKFAST! Bring friends, make friends, eat and be merry! RSVP and see who else is coming. See you there!

LESSONS FROM ABROAD: Study Abroad Returnee Conference
At San Diego State University on Saturday, February 9, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  (It is a 1-hour drive from UCI to SDSU in good driving conditions.)
Your registration fee of $15 covers the cost of lunch and conference materials.  Past participants say the conference benefited them personally and professionally. 

  • Reflect upon your experiences abroad, lessons learned and skills gained
  • Learn how to present your global skills in a job interview
  • Network with students and professionals
  • Explore international opportunities for your future in the U.S. and abroad

View this YouTube video & see why past participants recommend this event!

On-Campus Leadership - Share what you learned abroad with fellow UCI Students

Develop your leadership skills, share international and global insights and knowledge with fellow UCI students while earning money, academic credit and/or developing professional skills.  Apply for the following on-campus positions during winter quarter:

Your Future is Global

Extend your international learning through Research – UROP
Plan a faculty-mentored research project on an international topic that interests you. Opportunities are available to apply for research funding, for publication in the UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, and to present your research at the annual UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium. Learn how you can get started:

Get Involved in Research
Thursday, January 10 or Thursday, January 24
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Student Services II, room 1010 AB
RSVP to attend. 

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
    Thursday, January 17
    5:00 -6:00pm
    Student Services II 1010AB
  • GLCP Orientation – for registered participants
    Wednesday, January 23 or Tuesday, January 29
    Student Services II 1010AB

Graduate Fellowship:  Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program  Application Due:  January 18, 2013
The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs 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 2013.  This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Three UCI graduates have been awarded this fellowship in the past four years.  All three had studied abroad while at UCI.

Extend your international learning through Internships – UCDC
You've been abroad - now gain hands-on experience interning in a globally-focused internship.  Internships are available in virtually any field, including internship sites such as Amnesty International, Interpol, Center for International Policy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Citizens for Global Solutions, US State Department, and many, many more! Limited space is still available for spring quarter 2013 - contact UCDC immediately, if interested: Come to an Information Session to learn more:

  • Tuesday, January 15
    4:30 - 5:30 pm
    Student Services II, Room 1002
  • Wednesday, January 16
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Student Services II, Room 1010 AB

Minor in Civic and Community Engagement
Take what you have learned abroad and put it into community action and public service.  The Minor in Civic and Community Engagement gives you the knowledge, skills, and values to be agents of change in your community. The minor is open to all undergraduate majors on campus.  Learn how you can get involved at one of these upcoming information sessions:

  • Monday, January 21
    Student Services II 1010AB
  • Thursday, January 31
    Student Services II 1010AB

Global Brigades at UCI - Service projects spring break and summer 2013!
Global Brigades at UC Irvine is a group of passionate student and professional volunteers who work on sustainable development projects in Honduras, Panama and Ghana.  Our mission is to provide long term solutions to problems instead of simply putting a band-aid over the issues.  Get hands on experience in the field in medicine, public health, water issues, microfinances and more.  For more information check the link above or email:

Teach English Abroad.  Prepare through UCI Extension TEFL Certificate
The program includes:

  • 180 hours of specialized training
  • Highly qualified teachers who have lived and taught abroad
  • University of California certificate recognized worldwide
  • Access to ESL teachers for advisement during and after program
  • Job counseling and referrals
  • Classroom and interpersonal interaction with international students

Information sessions:

  • Wednesday, February 6, 4:00-5:00pm
  • Thursday, February 7, 3:30-4:30pm

Reserve your space! For more information, contact Roger Dupuy at or (949) 824-9951.  

Connect with students at UCI who share your interests

Live in the International Village in Arroyo Vista
Looking to stay international upon your return to UCI? Consider living in the International Village in Arroyo Vista Housing next academic year, a unique living environment that is half local students and half international students. Share your own culture while learning about your dormmates' cultures by experiencing cross cultural exchange that transcends the classroom. For more information on this theme house click on the link above or contact House Sponsor, Kim Henne

English Conversation Program (ECP)
Every Monday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Weeks 1 - 10, beginning January 7, 2012.  
Meet students from around the world -- further your cultural insight, build relationships, and recognize the value of our diverse campus community! The ECP is an English improvement and practice forum which encourages English language development for international students through casual discussion in a friendly, fun, and casual environment. English facilitators assist others by improving their English conversation skills through one-on-one pairings, group activities, and more! Volunteer or earn academic credit (1.3 units) as an English discussion facilitator.  For more information, contact Tracy Win or Marie Paulo

International Studies Club
Come join discussions with peers and faculty on topics of international and global interest. Examples of past topics are: Failed States and the Importance of the Nation-State in Global Politics; Religion, Identity, and the War on Terror: Insights from Religious Humanitarianism; Human Trafficking: The Unintended Effects of UN Intervention

Make friends from all over the world. The iClub 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

Communication Club (conversation partners)
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

Distinguish yourself at Graduation - Get a Country Sash

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 is $28.  Order at the Study Abroad Center in 1100 Student Services II by May 10th. We can only accept exact cash or checks. You can check out the sashes here but be sure to order through the Study Abroad Center in order to receive the discounted price.

Share your experience abroad with others

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!
  • Be in the Student Spotlight on our home page.  We would love to include YOUR story. Take a look at the short list of questions on EEE and respond to those that pertain to you. These Student Spotlights motivate UC Irvine students of today and tomorrow to follow in your foot-steps and make the life-changing decision to study abroad!
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