The mission of the Study Abroad Center is to foster a culture at UCI in which study abroad is expected and achievable for all students.
The Center assists students in participating in programs abroad that offer unique academic opportunities, international learning and personal development while making progress toward their UCI degree. We also support our international reciprocity and exchange students so as to enhance their academic and personal experiences in the U.S. We aim to ensure that our students’ study abroad experiences help them affect positive change in the world, both locally and globally.
Student Learning Outcomes
UCI study abroad participants demonstrate significant gains in the following areas:
- Independence and self-confidence
- Clarity about their own values and their future goals
- Understanding views and perspectives held by others which are different from their own
- Foreign language skills
The Study Abroad Center continues to enhance UCI students’ awareness and understanding of the importance of study abroad and to support students and faculty to engage in international activities when travel is possible.
We seek to increase the diversity of underrepresented groups participating in study abroad and have more students studying abroad as sophomores and juniors so that returned study abroad participants can enrich the UCI community with what they have learned abroad prior to graduating.