Study Abroad News

May 2014

In This Edition:

On-Campus Leadership - Share your insights from abroad

Extend Your International Learning

Your Future is Global

Connect with UCI Students who Share your Interests

For Graduating Seniors

Share your Experience Abroad with Others

Visit the Returnee Webpage

What Next?


To all the graduating Anteaters who’ve been abroad: 
The Study Abroad Center Staff wishes you the best in your next stage in life.  May there always be some “international” in it!  Thanks for the contributions you have made at UCI to it becoming a place of global inquiry, knowledge, and understanding.

Attention:   All Students – graduating or continuing – Please complete UCUES!!  Prizes to win!!  Tell us how UCit on the University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) and have the chance to win Amazon gift cards ranging from $10 to $500!  Survey closes on June 30, 2014

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 spring or summer.

  • Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP) Discussion Leader – Share your wisdom to help freshmen make a successful transition to UCI.  Apply by May 9
  • Global Connect Internship – Teach global issues to middle school and high school students in Orange County.  Share your global spirit and spread your new global knowledge to others.  Apply by May 16
  • UTeach – Share what you learned abroad by teaching your own seminar to fellow UCI students.  Apply by May 19 
  • Study Abroad Center Peer Advisor – Help UCI students study abroad.  Share your wisdom, tips and experience.  Details of the position are on the web.  Application available in June.
  • EAP Exchange Partner - Be a mentor and friend to an international exchange student who will be studying abroad at UCI in the fall.  Help these students make the most of their study abroad experience.  Apply by September 1.

Extend Your International Learning

Returnee Seminar:  Study Abroad Experiential Learning - Enroll for fall quarter!
In this 1.0 unit P/NP seminar exclusively for study abroad returnees you will reflect on your study abroad experience in a meaningful way; learn to market your study abroad experience for graduate schools or jobs; and much more.  To enroll, email to request an authorization code.  In the email include your name and the country and time period when you studied abroad.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
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.  Click above to learn how UROP can help and to learn more about the below:

    • May 5:  UROP summer programs deadline
    • May 17:  UROP Annual Symposium (see students present their research)
    • May 19:  UROP Grant proposals due (spring round)

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.  For more information check us out on the web link above.

Internships in Washington D.C. (UCDC) or Sacramento (UCCS)
You've gained valuable experience and transferable skills abroad - now use those skills while gaining hands-on work 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 more! Come to an Information Session to learn more:

  • UCDC: Monday, May 12, 12:30-1:30 pm, Student Services II, Room 1010
  • UCCS: Wednesday, May 14, 4:00-5:00 pm, Student Services II, Room 1002 or Thursday, May 15, 3:00-4:00 pm, Student Services II, Room 1002

Application Deadlines:

  • UCDC Fall 2014: Limited space may be available - contact us immediately, if interested.
  • UCDC Winter 2015: Wednesday, May 21 @ 4 pm
  • UCCS: Summer 2014 Journalism Program: Accepting applications on a rolling basis until full - contact us immediately, if interested.
  • UCCS: Fall 2014: Friday, May 30 @ 4 pm

For more info, contact or 949-824-5400.

Your Future is Global

Explore opportunities with the US Department of State and the Peace Corps
Monday, May 5, 4:00-5:00pm, Career Center, Student Services I
Hear from representatives about jobs with the US Department of State and volunteering with the Peace Corps.  Get your questions answered.  RSVP to Michelle Mallen at

Live and work around the world!
Teaching English abroad is a great way start a new career and gain global experience.  Your adventures abroad continue when you complete the UC Irvine Extension 10-week summer intensive program.  Valuable benefits include the opportunity for interaction with visiting international students, job referral assistance, and post-program staff support. Program starts June 20. To learn more, attend a free information session on campus Reserve your space! Or for more information, contact Roger Dupuy at or (949) 824-9951.

  • Wednesday, May 14, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Thursday, May 15, 5:00-6:00pm

GoAbroad Featured Contributor Program – Earn $25 per article!
Do you want to write for an international audience that encompasses an average 1.3 million unique visitors and 5.1 million page views each month? Are you an expert when it comes to knowing the ins and outs of a specific destination, how to pack for an extensive stay abroad, or other travel related content? Do you have a passion for meaningful travel and the experience to prove it? Then would like to have you as a Featured Contributor!

Connect with Students at UCI who Share your Interests

Communication Club (conversation partners) Partners needed during Summer Session!
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. Meet based on your own schedule. For more information, contact Communication Club at (949) 824-8530 or

International Studies Club
Come join discussions with peers and faculty on topics of international and global interest.  Visit the Facebook page linked above for current events and activities.

iClub (International Club)
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.  Find details on Facebook link above.

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.

For Graduating Seniors

Distinguish Yourself at Graduation – Get a Country Sash – Order by May 9
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 by May 9 at the Study Abroad Center in 1100 Student Services II.  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 discount 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!
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