Study Abroad News

January 2014

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!
Wednesday, January 8th, 9:30-11:00 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 the University of San Diego on Saturday, February 22, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm.  (It is a 1-hour and 15 minute drive from UCI 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!

Research & Study Abroad Workshop
Wednesday, January 29, 2:00 – 3:00 pm.  Student Services II, room 1010
Extend your international learning through research.  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.  RSVP at:  For more information, contact the Study Abroad Center at:  824-4802 or; or UROP at 824-4189 or

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

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 17
    12:00 - 1:00pm
    Student Services II, Room 1010
  • GLCP Orientations – for registered participants
    Tuesday, January 21
    4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Student Services II, Room 1010
    Monday, January 27
    3:00pm - 4:30pm
    Student Services II, Room 1010

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! Deadline for Spring quarter 2014 has been EXTENDED to January 13th! APPLY NOW! Come to an Information Session to learn more:

  • Tuesday, January 7
    4:00 - 5:00 pm
    Student Services II, Room 1010
  • Wednesday, January 8
    4:00 - 5:00 pm
    Student Services II, Room 1002

MORE Info Session dates are listed online.

Global Brigades at UCI - Service projects spring break and summer 2014!
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 business/microfinance, human rights, water accessibility, medicine, dentistry, and more.  If you are interested in a spring break brigade, act now!  For more information check the link above or email:

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.  For more information, contact Faculty Director, Dr. Paula Garb at:

Teach English Abroad.  Prepare through UCI Extension TEFL Certificate
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. 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. To learn more, attend a free information session on campus:

    • Thursday, February 6, 2014, 3:30 - 4:30pm
    • Friday, February 7, 2014,  4:00 – 5:00pm
    • Thursday, March 6, 2014, 3:30 – 4:30pm
    • Friday, March 7, 2014, 4:00 – 5:00pm

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

Connect with students at UCI who share your interests

English Conversation Program (ECP)
Meets Mondays or Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm Winter Quarter 2014 
Meet students from around the world -- further your cultural insight, build relationships, and recognize the value of our diverse campus community! Serve as an English Facilitator and assist international students with building their conversational English skills! Each week, you will participate in one-on-pairings, group activities and more! Volunteer or earn academic credit (1.3 units). For more information and how to sign up, email

Across the Bridge: A Global Dialogue Between International and Domestic Students
Friday, January 31, 12:00-1:30pm, Cross-Cultural Center, Dr. White Room
Join fellow anteaters from around the world to discuss issues of diversity and culture! Winter quarter's topic is "Festivals and Celebrations" and students will share their own experiences of these celebrations in different cultural communities.  Co-sponsored by the International Center, Cross-Cultural Center, and the Study Abroad Center.

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

Live in the International Peace and Conflict Studies (IPACS) House in Arroyo Vista
Would you like to live with a fun group of people next academic year who share your interest in international issues for the? The International Peace and Conflict Studies (IPACS) house is a perfect fit for you!  While living in the house enjoy fun activities, leadership opportunities, living with students from different countries, sharing informal dinners with faculty and professionals working on global peace, and priority access to special International Studies events.  All current UCI students are welcome to apply, regardless of major.  Apply by Feb 1.  To apply, please contact Teresa Neighbors  or Gloria Simpson

International Studies Club
The International Studies Club is an academic club designed to integrate students from all backgrounds who share a common interest in the global arena. From areas of public health assistance, governance and public policy to anthropology and culture.  ISC incorporates academic events that focus on global issues, societies and cultures and students can come together to synthesize opinions and ideas. The synergistic club is designed for all students of UCI, regardless of major.

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 9. 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! Check out current Spotlights (at the top of the page). 
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