Study Abroad News

September 2013

In This Edition:

Important Events

Connect with International Students

Continue your International Experience

Go Away Again

Share your Experience Abroad with Others

Visit the Returnee Webpage

What Next?

UK
Egypt
Vietnam

IMPORTANT EVENTS - Mark your calendar!

Study Abroad Returnee Seminar – Enroll today for fall quarter!
This 1-unit seminar is for recently returned study abroad participants who don’t want the study abroad experience to end and want to know how to keep it alive within you.  Reflect on what you’ve learned and discover how to move forward in job searching, further education and personal development – right now and into the future.  Contact the Study Abroad Center for the course enrollment access code.

International Welcome (Back) Breakfast – Free Food!!
Wednesday, September 25, 9:30-11:00 am in front of Student Services II in the outdoor plaza.
Welcome back to Irvine! Come meet and welcome the new international exchange students and join other UCI students who have recently returned from abroad for a FREE BREAKFAST! Come early for best selection.  Bring friends, make friends, eat and be merry! Find out about international activities at UCI.  See you there!

Lessons from Abroad: Study Abroad Returnee Conference
November 3, 2013,
9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA  Go from abroad to job! Learn how to market your abroad experience to future employers AND expand your network of people interested in the international education field. Meet other returned study abroad students, share your experiences, and learn about ways to internationalize your career goals.

International Education Week Movie Screening:  Bend it Like BeckhamFREE!  November 14, 2013, 6:30pm UCI Student Center - Mark your calendar NOW!  

During International Education Week explore the clash of cultures and generations in the context of world soccer by joining the party to watch Bend it Like Beckham.  The film captures the struggle of a young woman of Indian heritage, growing up in London, who is passionate about football (soccer), while her parents make every effort to guide her to be a proper Indian girl.  Following the movie enjoy a reception and refreshments with UCI students, faculty, staff and alumni.  Watch for details in October.  Advance registration required. 

Bend it Like Beckham

Connect with International Students

International Speed FriendingFree lunch!
Thursday, September 26, 12-2pm, Emerald Bay AB
Make a new friend every 5 minutes while enjoying a free lunch.  This social event invites international and domestic students to meet in a fast and fun way.  Sign up on the International Center web site.

English Conversation Program FacilitatorJoin now!
Mondays 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
Meet students from around the world.  English facilitators assist international students improve their English conversation skills in a fun, casual environment through one-on-one pairings, group activities, and more! Volunteer or earn academic credit (1.3 units) as an English discussion facilitator.  Complete the ECP Interest Sheet at the above link.  For more information, contact programs@ic.uci.edu 

Across the Bridge: A Global Dialogue Between International and Domestic StudentsFree lunch!
Friday, October 25, 2013, 12:00-2:00pm, Cross-Cultural Center, Dr. White Room
Come and enjoy an open conversation about diversity with both international and domestic students!  More details coming in October.  Check back at the list above. 

iClub
International Club (or iClub) is a UCI student club designed to bring together international and domestic undergraduate and graduate students through fun and constructive social events. Past events have included bonfires, hikes, Thanksgiving dinners, pub nights, and game days. The club has members from all over the world, and includes both UCI undergraduates and graduate students. To get involved, join the Facebook group (linked above).

Communication Club (conversation partners) - Join for the fall!
Be a conversation partner for a UCI Extension international student, September through early December. 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 commclub@uci.edu

International Pub Night – Chill at the Anthill
Every Thursday night at the Anteater Pub & Grille, UCI Student Center
Meet international students, study abroad returnees, residents from the International Village, members of UCI’s iClub and more!  Everyone is welcome!  International Students over 21, be sure to bring your UCI ID and passport to be served.  Times vary per quarter. For specific times please contact the UCI Extension International Programs Activities Office at (949)824-8530 or by email at ESL_Activities@unx.uci.edu

Play Sports with International Students – Soccer! Volleyball! Basketball! Tennis!
Join international students for recreational sports. Tentative Fall quarter schedule:

  • Volleyball/Basketball Monday afternoons at Middle Earth courts near Extension
  • Soccer/Tennis Wednesday afternoons at the ARC fields/courts.

Exact times and Locations may vary.  For up-to-date schedule, contact the UCI Extension International Program’s Activities Office ESL_Activities@unix.uci.edu or (949) 824-8530.

Continue Your International Experience

Global Leadership Certificate Program

  • Information Session: 
    Wednesday, September 25, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Student Services II, Rm 1010
  • Program Orientation: 
    Tuesday, October 1, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Student Services II, Rm 1010

Globalize yourself! Discover UCI's Global Leadership Certificate Program, designed to prepare you to be a global leader in your field.  Meet international students, get involved on campus, attend leadership workshops, study abroad, AND bring out the leader in you.  A great resume builder! For more information, visit the GLCP website (above) and attend our information session and program orientation.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
October 8 or October 15 - Get Involved in Research Workshops

Did an international topic spark your interest while abroad?  Plan a faculty-mentored research project on your international area of interest.  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.  Visit the UROP website (above) for details, including workshop registration.

Global Connect – Teach global issues to high school students
Application due: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Share your global spirit and new global knowledge with others as a global studies intern, teaching 21st century realities of global trends (immigration, wealth distribution), borderless social issues (AIDS, poverty, hunger), and current events taking place in the world today (e.g. Arab Spring) to local 9th graders.  Global Connect interns earn 2 units P/NP.   Application required.  For more information contact Jazmin Martinez at globalconnect.uci@gmail.com

Civic and Community Engagement Minor – Join today!
The Civic and Community Engagement minor gives you the knowledge, skills, and values to be agents of change in “your” community - whether you see it as local or global.  Learn how to effectively contribute to the mission of community organizations for social change and connect with other students like you.  You can start the minor by enrolling this fall in Introduction in Civic and Community Engagement (University Studies 10).  For more information, contact the Director, Paula Garb at pgarb@uci.edu

Go Away Again

Global Brigades at UCI
Information Session:  Wednesday, Oct 9, time and location TBD (check back on the website or Facebook)
Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Student brigades travel to Honduras, Ghana, Panama, and Nicaragua to work in partnership with local communities to improve the quality of life in under resourced regions while respecting local culture.  Global Brigades at UCI has brigades in the following areas:  Medical, Water, Public Health, Environmental, Dental, Microfinance/Business, and Engineering.  For more information contact us at: globalbrigadesuci@gmail.com

Go Abroad Fair!  - You're home...now go away again!
Thursday, October 24, 11:00am-3:00pm, Ring Road (in front of the Student Center)
Discover opportunities to Study, Teach, Work, Volunteer, Intern or Research abroad! You can go anywhere in the world!  Meet representatives from over 50 UC and non-UC programs abroad including graduate study and non-study opportunities (i.e. work, teaching, etc.).

Teach English Around the World!
Information sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 22, 3:30 - 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 23, 4:00 – 5:00pm

Teaching English abroad is a great way start a new career and gain global experience.  Your adventures abroad continue when you complete the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate Program with UC Irvine Extension. Plan now for next summer.  Our 10-week summer intensive program allows you to earn your certificate in a consolidated amount of time and gives you the quality training you need to teach with confidence. Valuable benefits include the opportunity for interaction with visiting international students, job referral assistance, and post-program staff support. Program starts June 20, 2014. For more information contact Roger Dupuy at rdupuy@uci.edu or (949) 824-9951

Intern in Washington D.C. (UCDC) or Sacramento (UCCS)
You've been abroad - now gain hands-on experience interning in a globally-focused internship in your own backyard. 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!

Information Sessions:

  • UCDC: Thursday, September 26 @ 4-5 pm in the Career Center
  • UCCS: Friday, September 27 @ 4-5 pm in Student Services II, Room 1010

Deadlines:

  • UCDC Spring or Summer 2013: November 1, 2013
    • Limited space still available for Winter 2014 - inquire immediately!
  • UCCS: Winter 2014: Priority deadline: September 30, 2013;
    Final deadline: November 4, 2013

For more info, view the websites above, and contact us in 1100 Student Services II, dccenter@uci.edu or 949-824-5400.

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.

  • 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! Check out current Spotlights (at the top of the page). 
  • Join Us On Facebook  Show UCI students what YOU did abroad and inspire them to take their journey! Post your photos, videos, blogs, stories, and more on the Anteaters Abroad page on Facebook.
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