Study Abroad News

April 2017

In This Edition:

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

Share your Experience Abroad with Others

Visit the Returnee Webpage

What Next?

LESSONS FROM ABROAD: Study Abroad Returnee Conference
Sunday, April 9, 2017,
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Otis College, Los Angeles. 
Past participants say the conference benefited them personally and professionally in the following ways: 

  • 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!

For graduating seniors!
Distinguish Yourself at Graduation – Get a Country Sash – Order by May 12
Show your global pride at graduation and make your international experience visible! Accent your cap and gown with a Country Sash!  Order through the Study Abroad Center for the discounted price:

You can check out the sashes here but be sure to order through the Study Abroad Center in order to receive the discount price.

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.

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.  For more information check us out on the web link above or attend one of the below events:

GLCP Program Orientation
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
3:00-4:30 pm
in Student Services II, Room 1010

Teach English Abroad! Prepare through UCI Continuing Education TEFL Certificate Program
Gain global experience and jumpstart your new career by getting certified to teaching English. UCI Division of Continuing Education’s 10-week TEFL Certificate Program opens doors to job opportunities both abroad and in the U.S.  Don’t miss out on valuable benefits such as opportunities to interact with visiting international students, job referral assistance, and post-program staff support.  Join us for a free information session about this unique program on campus. To reserve your space or to learn more, contact Katherina Kaliszewska at or (949) 824-9951

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) - *New* Research Abroad Fellowship!
Did an international topic spark your interest while abroad?  Plan a faculty-mentored research project on your international area of interest and apply for the new UROP Research Abroad Fellowship for research funding.  Opportunities are also available for publication in the UCI Undergraduate Research Journal and to present your research at the annual UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium. 

  • Spring quarter various dates:  UROP workshops for planning your research, writing your research grant proposal and more!
  • May 8:  UROP Spring & Summer Grant Proposal deadline
  • May 20:  UROP Symposium.  See UCI students present their research!
  • Mid-November:  UROP Fall Grant Proposal deadline

Money/Job Experience for Your International Experience

UCEAP Research Award $1000Apply by August 1, 2017
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 2017.  More details at the 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: Tuesday, April 4, 4-5 pm OR Wednesday, April 5, 3-4 pm
  • UCCS: Thursday, April 6, 4-5 pm OR Wednesday, April 12, 5-6 pm
    All sessions held in Student Services II, Room 1002

Application Deadlines:

  • UCDC Fall 2017: EXTENDED to Monday, April 10th
  • UCCS (Sacramento): Fall 2017: Thursday, May 4th
  • UCDC Winter 2018: EXTENDED to Monday, May 22nd

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

Connect with Students at UCI who Share your Interests

English Conversation Program Facilitator - Join for spring quarter!
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 now!  Questions? Contact

Across the Bridge: Diversity Dialogue Between International and Domestic StudentsExploring Intersectionality in the context of current events - Lunch included! 
Friday, April 28, 12:00-1:30pm,
Cross-Cultural Center, Dr. White Room
Join fellow Anteaters from around the world in this popular program to discuss issues of diversity and culture! Co-sponsored by the International Center, Cross-Cultural Center, and the Study Abroad Center. 

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 club is designed for all students of UCI, regardless of major.

Communication Club (conversation partners)
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, 11:00am-12:30pm, 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.

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 & Instagram  Show UCI students what YOU did abroad! Post your photos, videos, blogs, stories, and more.  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!
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