Study Abroad News

February 2014

In This Edition:

Featured Event

On-Campus Leadership - Share your insights from abroad

Your Future is Global

Money/Job Experience for Your International Experience

Connect with UCI students who share your interests

For graduating Seniors only

Share your experience abroad with others

Visit the Returnee Webpage

What Next?


Featured Event:

World Cup Mixer:  Explore Soccer CultureLunch provided!
Friday, Feb. 28, 12 - 1:30 pm, Dr. White Room, CCC
International and domestic students will discuss soccer culture around the world while making predictions of the outcome of the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil.  A free lunch is provided!  Wear your favorite soccer team’s jersey if you have one.  Co-sponsored by the International Center, Cross Culture Center and Study Abroad Center.  RSVP here:

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 or spring quarters:

  • Career Center Peer ConsultantApplication Deadline:  March 7
    Interns advise students about career planning, resumes, job search, interviewing, and graduate school.
  • UTeach – Teach fellow UCI students what you learned abroad – Apply in Spring quarter.  

Your Future is Global

Global Brigades at UCIService projects this summer!
Global Brigades at UC Irvine is a group of passionate student and professional volunteers who work on sustainable development projects.  The following summer brigades still have space available:  Business/Microfinance in Honduras, Environmental & Human Rights in Panama, and Medical in 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. For more information check the link above or email

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 at the link above.

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.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program:Research and Study Abroad 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.  For more information contact UROP at 824-4189 or

International Studies Public Forum
5:00 -6:30 Social Science Plaza A, Room 1100

  • February 27 – David Lyon, Director, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen’s University, Canada, “Surveillance after Snowden: Decoding the ‘Snooping Scandal,’” Co-sponsored by the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing.
  • March 13 – Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Micere Mugo, “Drama, Law and Justice: The Making of the Trial of Dedan Kimathi,” Cosponsored by the Department of Drama.

New Class Spring Quarter:  Intelligence, Technology and the Law (Itl St 189)
Mondays 9-11:50 am
Using the current NSA Surveillance/Edward Snowden controversy as the theoretical and organizational framework, we will use an interactive heuristic approach to understanding the complex nature of Intelligence, National Security, Journalism, Surveillance, the US Constitution, and Privacy. Taught by Professor William Hernandez Requejo.

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, 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.  

Money/Job Experience for Your International Experience

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid)Deadline March 3, 2014
This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency. Internships are available at many of the over 265 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts.

UCEAP Research Award $1000Apply by May 3, 2014
These awards recognize undergraduate students who have distinguished themselves through their excellence in research conducted while abroad on a UCEAP program.To be eligible you must complete a final paper on your research by the end of spring quarter 2014.  More details at the link above.

Internships in Washington D.C. (UCDC) or Sacramento (UCCS)
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! Come to an Information Session to learn more:

  • UCDC: Thursday, February 27 or Tuesday, March 4
    4:00 - 5:00 pm
    Student Services II, Room 1002
  • UCCS:Wednesday, February 26 or Tuesday, March 4
    5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Student Services II, Room 1002

Connect with students at UCI who share your interests

World Cup Friendly MatchesFree pizza while it lasts!
March 5, 2013  12:00 – 3:00pm, SSII 1010. 
Share the excitement leading up to the World Cup.  Featured matches:
England v Denmark; France v Netherlands; Spain v Italy; Brazil v South Africa  RSVP on Facebook.

Live in the International House in Arroyo Vista
Looking to stay international upon your return to UCI? Consider living in the International House 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 Facilitator - Enrollment for Spring quarter opens soon!
Mondays 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  OR Thursdays 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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

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 International Club is a social club designed to bring together international students and domestic students through activities, events and excursions. 

Communication Club (conversation partners) - Now accepting applications for Spring Quarter.
Meet international students from around the world. Practice a language you are learning. Introduce an international student to American culture and help them with their English. For more information, contact the Communication Club at (949) 824-8530 or

International Coffee Hour
Fridays, 12-1 p.m., Counseling Center, Student Services I

Co-hosted by the International Center and the Counseling Center, this is an opportunity to share culture and friendship in a casual environment.  Topics of conversation are as diverse as the people who meet each week.

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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