Study Abroad News

September 2016

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?

IMPORTANT EVENTS - Mark your calendar!

Study Abroad Returnee Seminar – Enroll today for fall quarter!
Mondays, 3:00 -3:50pm
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.

Generation Study Abroad Ambassador Interest MeetingRSVP today!
Wednesday, September 21, 3:00 pm, Student Services II, room 1010.
Was studying abroad a “life changing” experience for you?  Join the Generation Study Abroad campaign and share your experiences with youth and peers who may choose to follow your example and study abroad.  Develop professional skills and more.  Find out how at the interest meeting. 

International Welcome (Back) Breakfast – Free Food!!
Wednesday, Sept 21, 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
Saturday, October 29, 2016,
9:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Otis College Los Angeles.  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.

Connect with International Students

Across the Bridge Facilitator - Apply by October 7
Interested in learning how to facilitate conversations about diversity among international and domestic students?  Apply to be an Across the Bridge Facilitator! You will get the chance to gain leadership and communication skills by leading small group discussions. Across the Bridge is co-sponsored by the International Center, Study Abroad Center and the Cross Cultural Center.  Apply at:

English Conversation Program FacilitatorJoin now!
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays 4pm-5pm
Meet students from around the world.  Further your cultural insight, build relationships and appreciate our diverse campus community at ECP! Serve as an English Facilitator and assist international students with building their conversational English skills.  Each week, you will participate in one-on-one pairings, group activities and more. Volunteer or earn academic credit (1.3 units).  Sign up at or contact

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

Continue Your International Experience

Global Leadership Certificate Program

  • Information Session: 
    Wednesday, September 21, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Student Services II, Rm 1010
  • Program Orientation:
    Monday, Sept 26, 4:00-5:20pm, Student Services II, Rm 1010
    Thursday, October 6, 5:00-6:20pm
    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 the information session and program orientation.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
Get Involved in Research Workshops, multiple dates beginning September 30

Did an international topic spark your interest while abroad?  Plan a faculty-mentored research project on your international area of interest and apply to be a Research Abroad Fellow.  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.

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 in Introduction to Civic and Community Engagement (University Studies 10) in winter quarter.  New this year in US10 you will get the opportunity to give away $50,000 to organizations you collectively decide as a class are in need and deserve the money.

Go Away Again

UCI Global Internships Summer 2017
It’s not too early to start planning your summer abroad experience. Learn about opportunities to intern in another country or major US city including Berlin, Boston, Cape Town, Hong Kong, London, New York, Singapore, and Toronto. Gain hands on professional experience and skills in a field you’re interested while seeing the world and earning UCI units. Applications open, December 1st. For more information visit the Summer Session website. You can also join our interest list here for regular news and updates. Summer Session will also be hosting a table at the Study Abroad fair on October 20 on Ring Road! 

Teach English Abroad.  Prepare through UCI Extension TEFL Certificate
Information Sessions beginning Tuesday, October 4.  
Teaching English abroad is a great way start a new career and gain global experience. Leverage your international experience by completing an intensive 10-week TEFL Certificate program through UCI’s Division of Continuing Education. Valuable benefits include the opportunity to interact with visiting international students, job referral assistance, and post-program staff support.  To learn more, attend a free information session on campus:  Reserve your space! Or for more information, contact Katherina Kaliszewska at or (949) 824-9951.

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid) – Summer Internship Deadline Oct 14
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.

Go Abroad Fair!  - You're go away again!
Thursday, October 20, 10:00am-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.).

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: This Wednesday, September 21 @ 4-5 pm in Student Services II, Room 1010
  • UCCS: This Thursday, September 22 @ 4-5 pm in Student Services II, Room 1010


  • UCCS: Winter 2017: October 13
  • UCDC Spring or Summer 2017: October 31

For more info, view the websites above, and contact us in 1100 Student Services II, 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 and Instagram.  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 and follow us and tag us in your in your photos with #uciabroad on Instagram.
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